a little allegory
This movie had a notion to be something gritty and provocative, but
with all its dirty talk and soft-core sex, ends up being some kind of
white-trash fairy tale where the fairy godmother is a black
semi-legendary bluesman who's having his own crisis of faith. If you
don't automatically flash to Robert Johnson down at the crossroads,
there are some clips of Son House talking about the real meaning of the
blues. Stereotypes abound in "Black Snake Moan" which isn't a bad thing
when you're trying to create an allegory for race relations down in the
delta and how much nobler rural southern blacks are than their ignorant
immoral white counterparts. Having grown up (white) in the south in the
50s and 60s, I know there's quite a bit of truth in that.
Christina Ricci is pretty good in this symbolic role, plenty ignorant
and even more immoral, a nymphomaniac who of course was a victim of
incestuous abuse as a child. Sam Jackson is engaging as a
soul-searching honest truck farmer who hung up his Gibson a few years
before to marry and have a family, which didn't work out the way he'd
hoped. The extreme sex, drugs, and violence in the girl's life
foreshadow a dark tale, but the story quickly devolves into a "black"
comedy with a tidy Hollywood ending.
A little more realism would have helped. For instance, when "Rae" takes
four vicious punches to the face, she should have looked a whole lot
more swollen instead of her petite features smeared with some fake
dried blood, and 2 days later it's barely noticeable. If she had done
an elephant-man number for the middle of the movie, imagine, she
probably would be front-runner for an Oscar next year. (Think
Charlize.) She still may be, if only for the way she acts circles
around Justin Timberlake, who is not quite bad, and keeps up pretty
admirably with Sam Jackson..
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It's About the Culture and Ideals of the South
Craig Brewer grew up in Tennessee, it is evident in his movie. Forget
the Black guy on White Girl action. It happens, but it isn't Samuel L.
Jackson on Christina Ricci. More importantly this movie is about the
values and culture of the people in this Tennessee town. How they deal
with divorce, abandonment, sexual abuse and psychological disorders.
While shrinks make millions in the cities of the North, Midwest and
West Coast, the town minister, who also grapples with his own problems,
becomes the counselor and mediator. It is a interesting concept and one
that may not settle well with everyone.
Brewer shows us the region he grew up in. Yes it is still tainted with
racial problems, though worse problems exist in many metropolitan
cities. This is in the subtext and not the main plot of the story.
People live a more simple lifestyle, yet life is still complex and
Jackson and Ricci do a fantastic job in this film. Jackson the
aging-former blues guitarist who eeks out a living on his small farm.
His wife of 12 years leaves him for his brother, so he spirals into
depression. Meanwhile Ricci and Justin Timberlake have a last wild
sexually charged night before he ships off to the Army. Ricci suffers
from a childhood of sexual abuse, though that isn't revealed until
later, her torment can only be quenched by sexual forays with various
boys (Black and White) in the town.
When Ricci is beat up and left for dead on the road near Jacksons farm,
he finds her and nurses her back to health. He believes it is divine
intervention that this half-naked White girl is left in his care. He
clutches his Bible and prays for guidance. He refuses her sexual
advances and instead treats her with dignity, respect and care.
Something few men in her life have ever done.
She in time sees Jackson as a man of honor and morals, yet he also
carries his own pain. He plays his guitar and sings to her. Yes it's
the Blues and damn good too, With the minister counseling her, she
slowly understands how to deal with her childhood sexual abuse.
Jackson, through Ricci's transformation, realizes he must let his own
Justin Timberlake comes back, discharged due to "anxiety problems". As
he searches for Ricci, who has been living with Jackson during her
recovery, he finds out she has been promiscuous and unfaithful to him.
He finds her and Jackson at a bar, where Jackson has decided (as part
of his healing process) to come out retirement and play the Blues
again. Timberlake follows them home and confronts Jackson and Ricci.
You will have to see the movie to get the rest of the story. Should you
decide to see this film, remember to look at it from the aspect of a
foreign or independent movie. It is a slice of life, from a particular
region of America that few of us get to see. It is interesting and
revealing. It also shows us that regardless of the color of our skin,
we all have similar problems that can be fixed with similar solutions..