Monday, September 22, 2008

Idlewild


I finally got around to seeing Outkast's quirky musical, "Idlewild" and I loved it. If you are familiar with Outkast's edgy music, then you can guess that this was no ordinary musical. It really pushed the envelope in all sorts of inspiring ways.

Set in the early '30s, it tells the story of two friends, Rooster (Patton) who runs a seedy nightclub and Percival (Benjamin) an undertaker who plays piano at nights. This opens the stage for some wonderful choreography and musical scores.


The costumes were also amazing, from the dancers skimpy little numbers to the beautiful suits worn by the men.

The story is a bit predictable, but that is forgivable because they really took a lot of risks with the score and the quirky visual effects that make the movie memorable (none of which I could find photos of). There are singing coo coo clocks, a talking rooster on flask, and musical notes that come to life in the form of stick people. There was so much attention paid to the details that it's a mistake to take your eyes from the screen when watching this. One good example is in the scene of the photo above. When they turn to walk toward the house, the camera moves down to their feet and the splash of the raindrops is simply stunning. I never thought romance could be encapsulated in a raindrop, but that's the strength of the movie. I highly recommend it if you are willing to watch something unorthodox. Do be aware there is a lot of adult content (seedy club, body parts, as mentioned above).

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