Thursday, June 21, 2007

Talk to Me

Saw a screening of Kasi Lemmons', Talk To Me, with Fish and really enjoyed it. Cheadle is always solid but it's good to see Chiwetel Ejiofor gettin' his, despite my misgivings about Children of Men and how it was racialized. Taraji Henson gets hers too, and lookin' finer 'n shit.

As someone who was too young to fully participate in the counter-culture of the 60's and 70's, I of course still respond to that era with fondness; that much, the flick accomplishes well, replete with all the right if somewhat familiar soul funk sounds. (The Chambers Brothers' "Time" being the one exception as it's rock)

And Petey Greene's story is, of course, a nitty gritty one worth every dime. Interestingly enough, it's just as much a story about Dewey Hughes, Petey's success hungry agent, friend and later manager. In this way, TTM is like A Star is Born.

What I found interesting to think about was the way race was portrayed - intra-race as well as inter-race relations. Things like "Authenticity" and "Being Real" are negotiated and in flux in this movie in fairly fluid ways in the first part of the flick. I don't wanna talk about it because it'd be a spoiler, so....

The other thing I liked was the way it brought home how much the boomers cared - no matter how goofy they were, those muthaphukas gave a damn and did shit.

Gotta give dap on that.