Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Talk to Me Review

It works surprisingly like a conventional music biopic, which is probably why it's a bit problematic in the second half. The first half of the film, anchored by a wonderful performance by Don Cheadle, a nice supporting turn by Chiwetel Ejiofor and a good part for Martin Sheen. It culminates in Petey Greene's role in quelling the DC race riots after MLK was assassinated. However, after this critical moment in Greene's life the movie sort of losses focus, not unlike Greene himself. Unfortunately this less focused part, equivilent to the 'post-breakthrough rise' and 'fall' in a typical biopic, really mars the film. In fairness, though, the depiction of the reaction to MLK's assassination is deeply moving and believable. Cheadle's work, and the direction of the scene, are wonderful. A good, but not great film marred by a poor second half.

Overall Score: 6/10

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