Black Snake Moan Reviews
I am sure I will never be able to look at Christina Ricci or Samuel L Jackson the same way again after witnessing, in my opinion, their most breathtaking performances ever. Especially after watching them in a movie that's more aware of itself than anything i've ever seen. It's about Christina Ricci being shackled by Samuel L Jackson and chained to a radiator and from this the two of them, who are exact opposites, heal eachother emotionally...and it still manages to be clever. How much more aware can you get?
The chemistry the two of them shared was phenomenaly impressive and it made the movie sophisticated from it, as it was very emotional to watch.
The film itself has the best formula mix of utter hatred and hidden emotion i've ever seen. It's also got a brilliant blues soundtrack and well executed deliberately dark cinematography.
Black Snake Moan is a piece of film making that goes where no actor, director or writer want's to go. Having said that anyways it's ironically directed solidly, acted brilliantly (the leads deserved trollies of awards but were overlooked) and it's much closer to a grim sexploitation movie than Tarantino and Rodriguez who made Grindhouse so desperately wanted to replicate. Except this is smarter and longer.
One of my all time favourite films!
Not for everyone, but I'm a fan.
In rural Mississippi, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection.
Lazarus: God put you in my path and I aim to cure you of your wickedness.
First off, wow. I've never seen a film this invigorating and real, while boasting such authentic performances by the gorgeous Christina Ricci, the always entertaining Samuel L. Jackson, and a surprise role by Justin Timberlake. Second, I want to give credit to Samuel L. Jackson for his performance. Being one of the most hard working actors in the country, I can't resist any film with him. Jackson's performance as a divorced bluesman who chains a drugged up whore to his house reminds me too much of the famous character Jules Winnfield from Quentin Tarantino's cult classic Pulp Fiction, which in a sense, is a great honor. The reminder probably stems from Jackson's constant use of the word "motherfucker" throughout the film, which cannot help but produce laughs. Christina Ricci's portrayal as Rae is brilliant and generates lots of intense moments as she projects her distorted fears onto Lazarus Woods, who is keeping her with him. This is definitely Ricci's top notch performance that is both disturbing and intriguing to watch, which is too insane not to watch. 'Hustle & Flow' director Craig Brewer has crafted something different and very entertaining. The film was also written by Craig Brewer, which proves how good he is at his profession, and for that, he has my full respect. 'Black Snake Moan' is a very intriguing film that will entertain anyone who enjoys a good flick.
The film covers the prejudices that surround people and an enjoyable Blues theme. Whilst the film doesn't knock your socks of, it's still an enjoyable watch.
A God-fearing bluesman (Jackson) takes to a wild young woman (Ricci) who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.
Two very unlikely people come together in unsuspected ways and end up having a very strong connection to one another. One a lost soul, the other a nymphomaniac. One in helping the other ends up healing themselves in the process. Very different movie then what I had anticipated it being. In a good way though Didn't have high hopes for this movie, cause I was under the assumption it was going to be a different film then what it actually was. It was a good movie with strong performances. Really surprised with Justin Timberlake. Seen a few movies with him in them, and he is growing on me as an actor. Good movie, good story, and worth the watch.
We all know that Samuel L. Jackson is basically some sort of God sent to earth to better it with his greatness. Christina Ricci did an equally amazing job.
Black Snake Moan is about a Tennessee blues singer (Jackson) whose wife just left finding a young girl (Christina Ricci who is no longer Wednesday Addams) left for dead on the side of the road near his house. He nurses her back to health, but eventually decides to chain her up in his house so that he can save her soul from the addiction that haunts her.
The movie opens with Rae (Ricci) having sex with Justin Timberlake before he leaves for his tour in the service. She then proceeds to have sex with a crack dealer in a motel room. Then she goes to a party where she gets high and drunk, leading to some random guy having sex with her while she is wearing football pads. Finally she almost has sex with yet another guy but laughs at the size of his equipment, causing him to beat her and leave her on the side of the road.
Honestly, this film seems like an excuse for Christina Ricci to have simulated sex and Samuel L. Jackson to drop "mother fucker" a dozen times in a song. Jackson and Ricci are well cast and are good in their roles, but the plot seems to lag, especially the ending. The concept was great, but the execution was tainted.