Idlewild 2006 R CC

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(127) IMDb 6.2/10
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A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations to his father.

Starring:
André Benjamin, Big Boi
Runtime:
2 hours, 2 minutes

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Idlewild

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Genres Drama, Romance, Musical
Director Bryan Barber
Starring André Benjamin, Big Boi
Supporting actors Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Malinda Williams, Cicely Tyson, Macy Gray, Ben Vereen, Paula Jai Parker, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Patti LaBelle, Ving Rhames, Jackie Long, Oscar Dillon, Jalil Jay Lynch, Esau McGraw, Bruce Bruce, Bre'Wan Waddell, Carol Mitchell-leon
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

Great movie, very different, sexy and awesome music.
Niecy
If you watch the movie with that mindset, and you feel like you really *get* the bizarre humor from their lyrics and skits, then you'll love the movie.
Jenny J.J.I.
Plot and camera work similarities to Moulin Rouge do not necessarily a "Moulin Noir" make, but yes, the similarities are there.
Bitcetc

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bitcetc on August 23, 2006
Had this movie sustained the cinematic brilliance of its first few minutes, there is no question that it would have been something so out of the ordinary as to become an instant classic. As it is, it may have some cross-and-jostle work to establish itself as one of the Movies of the Year to see, but its flashes of original genius strung together with an operatic plot and dynamic cinematography, make a necklace of great flash and fire. Surely this one, with its embarrassment of talent, will be mentioned in several categories, not only music, at Oscar time. Worth seeing--- absolutely. I can hardly wait for the DVD, so that I can watch its excess to excess.

The film is going to have a generational promotional gap, not just the much-discussed racial one. It can't be dismissed as "the hip-hop Moulin Rouge", as I heard one member of our preview audience critique it coming out of the theater. If she were old enough, she would know that it's more akin to a "hip-hop Caberet", with Rooster (Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton of Outkast) as Sally Bowles. Plot and camera work similarities to Moulin Rouge do not necessarily a "Moulin Noir" make, but yes, the similarities are there.

Let's don't go there. Let's talk about what's blazingly new and fresh about this musical. For people who "hate musicals", this one (as Cabaret did) solves the problem of two people in face-to-face dialogue embarrassingly and improbably breaking into song. The musical numbers are the entertainment at "The Church", a speakeasy in the South during Prohibition Era. Entertainment which is akin to Moulin Rouge's flamboyance, combining a jazz age lindy-hop with hip hop is dazzlingly choreographed by Tony Award winner Hinton Battle.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ben Dugan on January 19, 2007
Format: DVD
There's a funny thing about "Idlewild" that few movies can achieve: you know you've seen everything on screen here before, but the movie is filmed, and put together, with such gusto and energy that it's next to impossible not to like.

I would reiterate the plot for you, but I'm not exactly sure what it is. Rooster, played by Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, "inherits" a Depression-era speakeasy called Church and must deal with a ruthless gangster played by "Hustle and Flow" star Terrance Howard. Percivel, played by Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin, is the son of a mortician who dreams of being a jazz composer who meets and falls for a mysterious woman who comes to sing in the speakeasy.

Or something like that.

"Idlewild" has it's share of problems, that's for sure. The movie is twenty minutes too long and occasionally, mostly during the films final half an hour, gets bogged down in cliches and predicatability. Any moviegoer who has seen there fair share of movies can figure out what's going to happen to him and when about twenty minutes into the picture.

But you know what? Forget all that. "Idlewild" is a movie to be watched, not thought about, and sometimes that's okay. And you get a lot of good stuff to look at. Bryan Barber, who also wrote the script and has directed many OutKast videos as well, has an excellent eye for popping visuals, and he brings them all out here. The musical numbers are excellent and have an energy that is lacking from most movies. And I can honestly say that I have never seen a movie before that blends the French classic "Amelie", the old 1940's Warner Brothers film noir and gangster pictures and hip-hop music into one film before.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Kim on March 17, 2007
Format: DVD
I'm not much into the hip hop songs created by Andre 3000 & Big Boi, but I've seen this movie a few weeks ago, and I was pleasantly surprised. The plot was a cliché, but the music and the acting were superb (the music was a few notches above the acting, but that's beside the point). Every song in this movie (except for one slow-moving one that's sung in the morticians' chamber) made me want to dance along (but I'm a bad dancer, so. . .). All the 30's dancing in this movie, especially during the end credits, were carefully & beautifully choreographed (mad props go to Hinton Battle). As for the acting, some performances were disappointing and 2-dimensional, like Paula Patton as Angel & Faizon Love as Ace, while others were brilliant and believable, like Terrence Howard as Trumpy and the incredible Ving Rhames as Spats.

In conclusion, I liked this movie. But I wouldn't recommend it to everybody. This is a movie not only for fans of Outkast, but also for fans of the old Speakeasy atmosphere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raider Jack on July 2, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw Idlewild last night for the first time and all the advance buzz on this project, still does not do it justice. This is a top-notch production with dazzling performances, excellent production standards and very imaginative cinematography.

The production numbers are quite simply unstoppable and the blending of the music of the period with the sensibilities of today works beautifully. Obvious care was taken to recreate the look and feel of the period and some of the shots and film sequences, most notably a love scene and a death scene were simply mesmerizing.

I indeed admit that the script itself could have been more compelling but there is no denying the power of Andre Benjamin in this production. His performance is measured, believable, poised, and poignant. He has a more than promising future in films.

This is an excellent and a most worthy representation of another dimension/time in African-American culture and a MUST for your collection if you want quality productions of African-American life.

I highly recommend!
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