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Hustle & Flow
The music will inspire them. The dream will unite them. This summer get crunk.
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Terrence Howard says mayne a lot, doesn't he?
Energetic, surprisingly occasionally even touching and inspiring, complex, andthoroughly compelling "Hustle & Flow" is definitely an engaging character study with an incredible career best performance from Terrence Howard, great music, and a terrific supporting cast.
I am on the fence here. There's a lot going on in this film that I liked, including the sprawling, sweaty look at the recording/artistic process of recording the songs that dominates the film. The film's central conflict for over half its running time is simply getting a song recorded. There's no guarantee of success implied (at first). There are hints along the way that this will open a better way for the characters involved, but the film isn't a Cinderella story.
What I wanted, though, was for Nola (great name) and Shug to kick Djay's ass out, record their own songs, and, I dunno, become successful on their own. Instead, their implied rise out of prostitution comes on his…
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Aw shit, I don't even know where to start, man. Fo' real.
"There are two types of people: those that talk the talk and those that walk the walk. People who walk the walk sometimes talk the talk but most times they don't talk at all, 'cause they walkin'. Now, people who talk the talk, when it comes time for them to walk the walk, you know what they do? They talk people like me into walkin' for them."
Walk the walk, and talk the talk. That's what it's all about.
Damn, this whole thing just went ahead and knocked me off my feet. I can't explain it, I'm just incredibly overwhelmed right now. But in a good way. The…
"Hard out here for a pimp", indeed.
Craig Brewer directs Terrence Howard in a film about the hardships of becoming an artist and the sacrifices that are made to get to that spot. DJay knows this better than anyone else. The decisions that are made in order for him to be the next big music icon both affect him and everyone around him.
But those sacrifices do not go in vain, as DJay creates music (with help from his friends and hoes) that emerges from his heart and soul, creating some very memorable music (especially the Oscar nominated "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp") that he hopes is recognized, particularly from a rapper who he idolizes on television.
I think this is the first time I've watched it since I saw it in the theatre back in 2005, and I think I enjoyed it even more this time.
I've yet to see director Craig Brewer's FOOTLOOSE remake, but if it's even remotely like this powerful, gritty "New South" semi-masterpiece and the similarly great, deeply undervalued BLACK SNAKE MOAN, it's gotta be better than it sounds.
Terrence Howard is mesmerizing as Djay, a low-rent pimp with a pitifully small stable of three "tricks," one of which is...um...on maternity leave. Itching to move on to greener pastures, he begins to nurture a long dormant dream to pursue a career in music, with the help of an old school friend (Anthony…
Ok but the scene where Taraji P. Henson hears herself singing on the track for the first time...
Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning give blistering, heart wrenching performances in this compelling and authentic drama that boasts a solid original hip hop soundtrack. A film with a beating heart and redemptive soul.
This movie is as entertaining as it was eleven years ago. Actually made a little nostalgic for DJ Qualls.
It's a crime how few Craig Brewer movies we have
There have been many great films about Rock and Roll, I think this is the first great film about Hip-hop. The film’s look at a Memphis pimp’s effort to escape the streets through music, I think, perfectly encapsulates the very spirit of rap music. But it goes further than that, I think its message about creating art for the simple love of doing so can be applied to any genre, the film was dedicated to Sun Records founder Sam Phillips; clearly Craig Brewer sees an affinity between D. Jay, Howlin Wolf, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, and all the other black great music that has been made by marginalized artists in the South. The film feels incredibly authentic in its portrayal…
This movie is really not my style, but it has some good things in it that stand out, especially for Terrence Howard who got out of anonymity.
A decade later, Craig Brewer's film remains seductive and entertaining. Filtered through Amy Vincent's camera work, this movie tries to present itself as edgy and hardcore. It is neither. This is part of the movie's endless charm. Beneath all the faux edge, "Hustle & Flow" is all heart. Terrence Howard gives the leading role all he's got. This character study presents a surprisingly softer side to a story about one man's dreams. It may fail to reinforce grit with realism, but it is magical to witness a driven character who opts for respect and love over the promises of success. This is a great little film.
What stands out most about this movie is the roller coaster ride that is the character development of our protagonist DJay and its ability to manipulate the moral compass of the viewer. To pull off having someone involved in such a socially detestable occupation also serve as a source of inspiration and hope simultaneously is remarkable. Based solely off of this, I would give this 4 stars and would watch again.
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