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Critic Reviews for Memphis
Even those who find it a bore will agree it's a pleasure to look at, and not only because Beal cleans up nicely as a suit-wearing slacker in a snappy chapeaux.
The film feels like a sketch rather than a portrait, beautifully rendered but incomplete in the details.
The film is less than 80 minutes and if you cut the shots that go on too long it would be less than an hour.
Tim Sutton's second feature, starring the young contemporary musician Willis Earl Beal as a musician with the same name, captures the mood of the blues with pitch-perfect sensuality.
Audience Reviews for Memphis
I respect what director Tim Sutton was trying to do with this film, but I didn't quite enjoy it. I understand the aimless and wandering structure of the film was supposed to parallel the journey of the protagonist, and although I can appreciate that, it often makes the film difficult to watch. There seems to be a strong sense of culture and community in Memphis, and that ended up being my favorite thing to watch in this film. Listening in on conversations that I normally wouldn't be a part of is incredibly enjoyable for me, but it can't make up for a lack of character and plot development. Memphis is an interesting effort, but something I can't totally get behind.
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