Thursday, April 23, 2009

Black Snake Moan [2007]

Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake
Genre: Drama
Points: 90 out of 100
Rating: Adult (violence, nudity, sexual content)
Comment: "A misleading poster of an actually decent film..."

This is a movie that I came across almost by accident. I have long been a Samuel L. Jackson fan, he is just one of those charismatic actor who is so entertaining on-screen. One fact that bothered me, though. The poster does not do the film justice. For some reason, it is marketed to appear like an exploitation, Grindhouse-like flick when in actuality, it is anything but. Sure, one get to see Christina Ricci wearing nothing but a small tank top and panties, but c'mon... Grow up, people.

The story goes like this; a religious man and a former blues musician, Lazarus Woods goes to unconventional lengths to help a young nymphomaniac, Rae Doole to rid herself of her inner demons.

While this movie may not have much of an impact, and it is certainly not without it's flaws. But all the same, it is worth your while to watch it. It is one of those movies that you will become immersed with. You might find yourself laughing with the characters, cry with them, and share their sentiments. There's a little bit of everything for everyone here.

As one would expect from a movie with Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, he gave a bad-ass performance even as a religious character - albeit with much, much less swearing. But it's still entertaining. Another thing, it's easy for one to be misled by the movie poster and Christina Ricci's revealing *ahem*... 'costume'. That's a good thing about having Samuel L. Jackson's name in the credits, for it was him who carry much of the film's integrity. Not to take anything away from Christian Ricci's performance, though. She took a great career risk by taking the role as a... well, slut. But this is a slut that one can take seriously.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Blues music
- Samuel L. Jackson

The Bad [-10]
- Might be deemed as "culturally irrelevant"

100 - 10 = 90 points

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