Black Snake Moan
Read the Australian review for Black Snake Moan and then run to the nearest video store and purchase the DVD. Read on:
Apologies for the deliberately transparent and shallow sub-heading, but if you’re between the age of 15 and 18, I bet you clicked. There was also a subtle alternate reason for this intentional, deliberate creative choice – that’s the theme of this review, you see. Black Snake Moan, the latest film from director Craig Brewer – known for his critically lauded helming of Hustle and Flow a couple years back – is a careful and delicate production. Everything is very deliberate.
It is evident that Brewer has been watching and listening to a few related creative sources. First of all, Black Snake Moan is steeped in southern American blues and bluegrass music and culture. Shot in and presumably set in Tennessee, Brewer has composed a homage to the deep-fried south. The setting brings back memories of the rich characters found in Coen Brothers flicks like O Brother Where Art Thou?, and there are some generous nods to Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee for their influence on his tone and scene composition.
Samuel L. Jackson, ‘Lazarus’, is a washed up blues guitarist-turned-farmer whose life is on the skids. Christina Ricci, ‘Rae’, is a sexy, dirty and broken teenage nymphomaniac who is dating panic attack prone Justin Timberlake, ‘Ronnie’, aiming to head off to war to defend the US of A.
Paths cross as Ronnie hops the military bus and leaves Rae to her own devices. She breaks down and goes on a sex and drugs binge, where she ends up raped and beaten -something we get the impression has happened a little too often in her past. Lazarus comes upon her in a vulnerable and dishevelled state and decides to focus his time and energy on nursing her back to health and saving her from her self-destructive ways in an attempt to repair his own broken heart and distract himself from the bottle.
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