Saturday, February 2, 2013

BLACK SNAKE MOAN (2006) movie review

Black Snake Moan (2006) d. Brewer, Craig (USA)

What the marketing department was thinking on this one? While the subject matter, “Black man chains up white woman,” certainly makes for sassy poster art, the themes and heart of the movie are miles away from its exploitation material appearances. After being brutally beaten, sex-addict Christina Ricci (looking smoking hot and wearing very little in the way of clothing) is taken in by blues guitarist-turned-farmer Samuel L. Jackson, who chains her to his radiator to help her shed her “evil” ways.

Yet, the steamy plot description belies a story of two broken souls trying to find their way to healing, and a deep-seeded, non-sexual love. I’m not sure exactly how one markets such a tale, but it’s pretty clear by the pic's low box-office returns that the prurient approach wasn’t the way to go. Still proving his bones at the time, pop star/actor Justin Timberlake surprised many with his solid, multi-layered performance as Ricci’s sweetie.

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