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IDLEWILD - 2006

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ERICA HECTOR VITAL

"IDLEWILD" ETHEREAL AS WELL AS DOWN-N-DIRTY

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Written/Directed by Bryan Barber

IDLEWILD: Ethereal as Well as Down-n-Dirty

For all its promise as the latest return to a bygone era of lindyhopping, juke joint drama, and sultry torch song singers in feather boas, the OutKast driven vehicle IDLEWILD is closer to Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, closer to Proust: Remembrance of Things Past, and closer to Prince Rogers Nelson circa Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. In other words, more than a picturesque period piece about bootlegging and wild women, writer/ director Bryan Barber and hip-hop/funk raconteurs Andre Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton have constructed a film about art and the struggle to make it.

From the opening credits to the obligatory car chase, the element of out and out creation, of filling each frame with beats of design and desire move IDLEWILD from momentary blip on the pop radar screen to classic cult film status.

With touted performances by Cicely Tyson and Patti La Belle, Ben Vereen and Vhing Rhames, there is the suspicion of getting more of the same in Black kitcsh. No film set in the musical mix of the thirties can avoid resurrecting images and references to such progenitors of the period piece as Ragtime, St. Louis Blues, and dare I say it, Harlem Nights. But it is with the infusion of Paula Patton as singer Angel Davenport, Malinda Williams as Zora, the long-suffering yet savvy wife to Antwan Patton’s “Rooster”, Terrence Howard as Trumpy, the new kingpin on the block, and Macy Gray as Taffy, a hardened blues queen, that restores the look and feel of a film meant to dance with one foot on the stage of its Black film forebears and the other hovering in the ethereal new.

Musicial notations assume a life of their own in a world made of treble lines and bass, time stands still, death reigns and love is lost and found in flights of magical-realism we have come to associate with the Latin-American oeuvre of film makers Pedro Almodovar and the godfather of the fantastic, Luis Bunuel.

IDLEWILD is gorgeous to look at, full of light and shadow, kisses in the rain, and dance and song productions that jump from the screen. But there are also moments of the banal, Faizon Love, either tarries too long or was not used to his fullest as club owner Ace. And I wanted more of a surprise from Taffy, the bitter chantuese channeled up by Macy Gray – there was more beneath the surface of that woman that in the end fell back to short-hand caricature. And I truly feel now is the time for dream-boat Terrence Howard to get back on that boat and give us a romantic lead to supplant the tough guy persona Howard does here and in other films so well and too often.

The power struggle between Howard’s murderous Trumpy and Antwan Patton’s Rooster, is palpable. We get the sense that this is a battle of wills played out among rivals from the boardrooms of Wall Street to the backrooms of Beale. Again, Howard can do no wrong in such roles. The dichotomy of good looks and cold behavior is irresistible. There is no doubt that in spite of the sexy energy of starlets Paula Jai Parker (Lexus of Hustle&Flow), Malinda Williams (Soul Food) and Paula Patton, the men in IDLEWILD hold sway. Antwan Patton is a natural rogue. There is a menace and a charm in his sideways grin that those who caught his feature film debut as the drug-dealing Marcus in ATL glimpsed earlier. That charm comes fully to light here under Barber’s direction.

What makes this new effort both contemporary and old school, again harkening back to Joyce and his struggle with the demons within and without and the King of Kings Prince and his battle with his alter-ego Morris Day, are the conjoined stories in IDLEWILD of thuggery and art. The makings of each truly rely on the dealings of the other as Rooster and Andre Benjiman’s Percival hustle to edge closer to a hustler’s or an artist’s ideal. Andre Benjiman as the piano playing, avant garde composer Percival, heir to a funeral parlor, living under the tyranny of his father’s house, is a face for the ages. Benjiman, like Prince, like Jagger, like Iggy Pop, possesses the rock star’s look of the starved, of artistry pared down to greyhound slimness – when one is consumed by a passion one is truly consumed, whittled down to large eyes, long limbs and haunting smile, full of teeth and dreams.

I wanted more of him too. More on stage. Benjiman is realer than real when singing. When he is seated at the piano in the final moments of the film it becomes clear what his brand of genuis would have meant, and did truly mean, during the thirties when in tails and tie, the other half of the OutKast duo croons ala Nat King Cole his own crunk and p-funk-ti-fied lyrics mingling the fantastic with the profane which is exactly the thrust and the wit of IDLEWILD. More than a film it is a celebration of the down-n-earthy and the lofty-and-experimental found in jazz, birthed in funk and kicking back to life in Black art.

Three Chicks for Story--a little derivative--a little overdrawn. Five Chicks for Cinematic beauty and depth of vision. A movie to own.


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