Wednesday, November 9

Fiddy's flick: Two dope thumbs up!

Click for reviews of the memoir 'From Pieces to Weight', 50 Cent is unflinchingly honest about his drug-dealing mother who was murdered when he was eight, his own drug past and everything else in this raw, literate chronicle of his rise to the top of the Billboard charts.
I'm so excited: I really like 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' film. A lot! There will be mainstream critics who bash this movie because 50 is no Denzel or Fishburn; there will be blacks who bash it because it's centered in the drug trade and violence. But somewhere beyond all of that is a rich, ambitious film that was well worth the weight and incessant hype.

So if you asked me 21 Questions about why you should check it out, I'd give you these 21 Answers...
  1. The film was terribly engrossing, with never a dull moment. High quality production with high caliber touches everywhere. Interestingly, you are not hit over the head with the rap aspect of this film, numerous concert performances, etc. The music's there, to be sure, but Fiddy's movement in the game and the fascinating underbelly of New York are the real story.
  2. Fiddy's acting was better than I expected. No, he's no Denzel, but who the heck is? Loosen up and don't go expecting a Denzel performance, and you just may enjoy what you do get.
  3. This movie showcased a work ethic that "many men" would do well to emulate. Not at all condoning Fiddy's prior profession, but can't help but tip my hat to the discipline that he learned in the drug game and how he applied that focus to get where he is today.
  4. Terrence Howard cuts the hot-dang fool! Terrence is a bit of a Denzel. His character was as crazy and compelling as Denzel's in Training Day.
  5. The cinematography was hot. If you pay attention to visual impact, camera tricks, moody lighting, etc., then director Jim Sheridan made a nice bit of arty love for our eyes.
  6. The entire cast was on point. Whatever Fiddy lacked in acting experience, everyone else pulled through with and gave the overall movie a lift.
  7. There's a jaw-dropping scene with lots of wet, naked menz!! Can't remember if I'd seen this done on Oz, but it looked fresh to death.
  8. There was believable love chemistry between Fiddy and Joy Bryant. A sweet, strong love between a thug and his redbone goodie two-shoed squeeze.
  9. I thought Fiddy's mumbling would be annoying. But for the most part, I understood him just fine.
  10. The opening scene is a monster. And that's all I'll say about that.
  11. Bill Duke is a monster. "
  12. Dude from HBO's Oz -- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje -- is awesome (yummy chocolate!).
  13. Quincy Jones & Co., of course, made a sophisticated musical score.
  14. When thugs cry, sometimes they're just faking the funk. Well, that's what Fiddy's tears looked like to me: liquid plastic. If you like special effex, then you'll like that somebody seemed to have gotten paid top dollar to create this man's stiff as hell tear streaks. I could be wrong, but those tears looked store-bought!
  15. The boy who played Fiddy as a nine-year-old looked just like him and did a nice acting job.
  16. Fiddy's skin looked pretty good. I don't think it was just the make-up, either. Maybe he, too, has been using that miracle acne product that Alicia, Jessica and Diddy are endorsing.
  17. If you want to better understand street drug organizations, here's another good peak inside.
  18. There were plenty of belly laughs, mostly delivered by Terrence Howard. But even cold-mugging Fiddy got his comedic thing on some, too. It was nice to see him loosened up; it was a good look.
  19. I loved seeing the relationship between Fiddy and his mom. She seemed like a sweetie and you really feel his loss and trauma in the film.
  20. It was cool seeing Fiddy's very white, toothy smile. Ain't nothing as sexy as a rich chocolate gangsta with gleaming teefus and no fronts!
  21. And lawd, when Fiddy and his girl are making bucka-nekkit love and he flips her over on her tummy and kisses her there, all the ladies in the house went owwww! One woman seated down front actually jumped to her feet -- church-style -- and waved her hands in the air, holla'd like she just didn't care!! I think Fiddy kinda hits a worldwide GGGG*spot, y'all.

Do not "wait" to see this movie. I have never purchased any of Fiddy's music, but the budding actor Curtis Jackson could certainly get another eight bucks out of me for this flick. Just go see it with moderate expectations, as I did. Then you, too, may be pleasantly surprised.

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Blogger Berry said...

Thanks for the might actually make it onto my netflix queue.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

I really enjoyed it, Berry. More than a lot of movies I've seen of late. It's a little bit Goodfellas, a little bit Oz. If you like either of these, you just might dig Get Rich, too.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

You named 2 of my favs, Oz and Goodfellas and I loved the 21 reasons breakdown. I may just have to see this one!

P.s. The Leela concert was off the hook!

11:10 AM  
Blogger obifromsouthlondon said...

jeez viq. how about a spoiler warning ;)

read a newspaper serialization of his book and though I kinda tired of dude I'll check the movie.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

lili, i've been wondering about the leela james concert. glad to hear you enjoyed it! i'll check your blog for more details.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

so sorry 'bout that, obi. lol

but believe, whatever you've read here cannot touch seeing it with your own eyes. hopefully, this will be just a teaser compared to the real thing.

12:09 AM  
Blogger obifromsouthlondon said...

true. hey viqi you'ld like this one (no 50)

french + gangsta

7:27 AM  
Anonymous b.c.c. said...

I like this review but I still will not pay to see 50 Cent because I do not like his massage.

8:23 PM  
Blogger James Manning said...

Good review - not going to see it, but at least you were objective

4:41 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

i must admit that seeing a movie starring 50 cent was never near the top of my list. but somewhere along the way i got curious and did it. actually pleased with my decision to see it. i've seen a few flicks that were worse in different ways.

6:09 PM  

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