Hustle and Flow
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Il film è uno struggente e convincente racconto di quanto sia difficile far breccia nell'industria musicale, e parallelamente di quanto sia difficile vivere in situazioni di disagio. Ambientato nella parte Nord della città di Memphis, troviamo il protagonista DJay nella sua attività di protettore di alcune ragazze, che investe i suoi risparmi nel tentativo di sfondare nel mondo del rap, attraverso l'aiuto di un suo amico d'infanzia, di un fonico per ambienti che lavora nelle chiese, e di una delle sue ragazze, Shug. Il primo esempio della bravura di DJay con le rime è "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" ("E' dura qua fuori per un pappa"), perfetta sintesi di tutta la sua vita in quel momento. Cerca di portare la sua musica ai piani alti, attraverso vecchie conoscenze, come il rapper Skinny Black (Ludacris). Quando tutto sembra andare per il meglio, nel corso della stessa serata in cui consegna la musicassetta a SkinnyBlack, verrà arrestato per averlo malmenato dopo che questi getterà la cassetta nel bagno. Dal carcere però, DJay non perde la voglia di lottare e di raggiungere i propri sogni, di uscire e ritrovare la donna che ama e la sua bambina, Keisha.
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Djay, a small time pimp and drug dealer, is increasingly dissatisfied with his life and does not know where to find hope or redemption until a chance meeting with a school friend, Key, who is a small time record producer, provides him with an outlet to express himself through hip-hop. Djay decides that he will try to walk the walk and with Key and Key's associate Shelby (Djay "but he is white", Key "no he is light skin"), they set about creating the music using Djay's lyrics, Shelby's music and Key's production.
The result is hard-hitting songs that reflect the misogeny, hopelessness, violence and anger that inculcate and define Djay's existence.
Taraji P Nelson's performance as Shug, the pregnant, brittle and insecure girlfriend is understated and powerful. Ludacris again demonstrates, as he did in Crash, that he is a competent actor.
This was a disturbing, honest, thought-provoking and gritty film which had depth that many contemporary films of all genre unfortunately lack.
Terence Howard gives a powerful performance as DJay the pimp who's looking to change direction in his life by trying to become a rapper. He's very convincing in the part. The rap performances he delivers are realistic. Anthony Anderson plays his part very well as the producer.
I would recommend this film.
I can't say I know too much about any of this, and I have no idea if it's true to life, but the characters are believable and their interactions are at times inspiring, or hilarious, or gross, at other times, curious.
Perhaps the main message for me from this film is a really good reiteration of `it's not what you do, but how you do it, that really counts.'
Why? Because I don't really get hip-hop/rap, and it has little value to me (although some of the vocal agility is incredible to hear), but seeing the people in the film basing their lives and love around it in such an earnest, believable way just reminds me that anything any of us does is ultimately pointless: its our commitment and dedication that makes our ultimately pointless endeavours carry the meaning and value that we mostly appear to crave.
It's a good, life-affirming film. Framed in a fairly rough setting.
All the performances are excellent, the script is compelling and often hilarious and the music stonkingly good.
DJay (Terrence Howard) is a pimp and small time drug dealer. He has a "stable" of three girls: Nola (Taryn Manning), the "white bunny", Shug (Taraji P. Henson), a shy gal, currently heavily pregnant and Lexus (Paula Jai Parker), who is loudmouthed and rebellious. DJay barely manages to break even and is quite obviously dissatisfied with his life. One day he meets succesively a keyboard for kids and an old friend from school, Key (Anthony Anderson), who has become a sound technician. That gives him an idea - he will make hip hop songs and get rich... And then the film really begins.
The main character is a mixture of pathetic and unpleasant, the three female characters live in misery and exploitation and as we all know the best laid plans frequently don't survive the first contact with reality, but somehow this film manages to stay optimistic. This is the story of a man and three (later two) women who try to change their lives to better and it is shown in a great way. I was quite impressed by the scenario, the actors (especially Taraji P. Henson) and, even if I don't really care much for rap, yes, even the music. The song "It's hard out here for a pimp" very deservedly received in 2006 the Oscar for Best Song.
Even if I cannot really sympathise with the main character, this film completely broke through my defenses in the anthology scene in which DJay prepares for the fight of his life, like a knight going to tournament. I also liked the humour, which is of greatest quality, even if frequently laced with obscenity. The last joke in the film really made me laugh out loud.
This film reminded me of "The Wire" and also "Set it off", even if it is less violent and less tragic. The quality of the direction is just amazing. Even if this kind of films is not my usual poison, I liked "Hustle and flow" a lot and I probably will keep the DVD. A recommended viewing.
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