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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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
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…
"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…
So awesome!!! Terrence Howard was so good in this! It was entertaining and kind of inspiring. It is hard out there for a pimp and everyone does need a dream!
Are we not supposed to notice that Terrence Howard's character is a disgustingly awful person? I feel like we're not supposed to notice.
Well, it's got style. And I do think there is something interesting about how DJ is struggling for survival - but the most important part of that survival is finding some sort of creative outlet. It's a different, more desperate take on the old business/art story. I'm not sure Brewer quite nails the balance of the worlds he's covering here, though.
There's an unhealthy dose of misogyny, especially in the early going, though at least some of the female characters' arcs manage to take unexpected turns I the second half.
As a memphis boy, I have to like Craig Brewer. This is his best I think. Howard kills it, in a surprisingly complex and touching role
Deze film samengevat in één woord: "mayne"
Terrence Howard mayne, keep hustlin' and flowin' mayne. Pimp game is strong mayne. Even serieus. Deze film was verrassend goed. Typische underground, started from the bottom verhaal. Humor, emotie, vleugje geweld en muziek. Een mens vraagt niet meer van een film. Net niet genoeg om speciaal te zijn, maar een goede film voor wat het is.
This is a prequel to Empire.
Great acting and a surprisingly interesting and captivating story. Worth watching even if you don't like hip hop so much! The songs here are actually very nice, and the cast help selling it.
To quote film critic Wesley Morris on 2015's DOPE, HUSTLE & FLOW is, in this reviewers opinion, "black shit white people like." It is still certainly not by any means a bad film, delivering top notch melodrama, but it's just one that seemed to be a bit overrated.
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