Black Snake Moan. Christina Ricci naked and chained up. Need we say more? 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.
The principal actors in this film are Samuel Jackson and Christina Ricci. Jackson who appears in more films than anyone I can think of plays an aging blues singer named Lazarus whose wife leaves him early in the film. His head is half-shaved in the film, evidently to suggest a radically receded hair line, but it looks fake. Christina Ricci's character is Rae, who is half-naked throughout much of the film.
I'm rarely surprised by movies anymore. Most of the ones I count as good are still only mediocre and mildly entertaining. Rarely these days does a film really move me, take me out of myself, and leave me wanting to rewind it and watch it again. And just as an aside: I miss hitting rewind on VCR tapes. Yet another thing to hate about DVDs, aside from all the scratches and skipping
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