Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Reviews
Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song was the movie that actually started a whole sub-genre called blaxploitation, a genre by black people, about black people and for black people. It's show us the poor treatment that they where exposed to, and whom finally get to see one of their own get out his rage towards the whites.
This is the story about the african-american street hustler Sweetback (Melvin Van Peebles) who is blessed with a large equipment who every women have adores since he was a little kid. But one night two white policemen need a suspect for a criminal act, so it's natural that they can always find a black man. But on his way to the station followed by the cops, the cops beats up another black man, and Sweetback smashes both of the cops in the head with his handcuffs and beat them to death. Sweetback is now a wanted criminal, and he has no other choice than to make it to the Mexican border. And sadly enough many of his brothers is going to pay for his freedom.
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is not a great film, it's pretty much kind of dragging, and the production qualities are poor, and also much of the acting, but then again it's a low budget film, which makes it kind of cool. It's jazz soundtrack is good, but it might be to much of the same tune, and it feel exhausted after a while, plus all the color filter effect which makes me dizzy. But what really makes this movie works is the use of realism in forms of sexual intercourse and shocking violence, which really brings out the message. So I give it a marginal thumbs up.
Worth a look, but a rental might be advised.