Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sweet SweetsBacks Baadasss Song
Dir: Melvin Van Peebles (Watermelon Man/Don't Play us Cheap)
Starring: Melvin Van Peebles (Jaws: The Revenge/Panther)
Well this one is not gonna be easy, SweetBack is widely considered the first Blaxploitation film ever which is not altogether true since Cotton Comes To Harlem came out one year prior, But it still does go down in history as being one of the more influential films of the genre. Honestly my opinion of this film may not be popular but I really did not care for this film much. The film is really an odd one and hard to describe but to me it came off as kind of a Blaxploitation version of Eraserhead because the characters for the most part are all very odd and the soundtrack is so clustered together with random footage thrown together it comes off as a art film more than an actual story driven film throughout.
The actual story is pretty basic and after a disturbing opening scene of young Sweetback who was apparently raised in a whorehouse has sex with one of the whores we flash forward several years where Sweetback is living with Beetle at the same house and is part of a live sex show performed for perverts ad the high society alike. Beetle is approached by some police about a recent murder that they have no leads on and they ask for a favor of allowing them to bring in one of Beetles men to question in order to make it appear that they are actually on the case. Sweetback is offered to the officers and he is just to be brought in for faux questioning and then released , in order to keep the press off the stations back. While being taken to the station the two officers receive a back up call and they take a young man named Mu Mu into custody and beat him brutally in front of Sweetback when at one point he has had enough and Sweetback attacks and kills the two officers. From this point on the entire remaining duration of the film is literally Sweetback running from the police.
Ass-Kickin': 3 ( Not much action in this one and what there is , Is so dark you cannot see what is going on.)
Jive: 4 ( With the exception of Beetle and a few of the random townsfolk, Not much dialog at all)
Funk: 4 ( The title track "Hoppin John" is a solid track and there are a few nice songs but not enough to make it classic)
Playa's and Whitey's:4 ( Not enough development to make the viewer care about anyone in the film)
Ass and Tittay's:5 ( Quite a bit of nudity but not high quality at all , Ugly is ugly naked or not)
Overall on the Funk-O-Tron: 4.5 out of 10