Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Mehki Phifer, Omar Benson Miller, Evan
Jones, Eugene Byrd, De'Angeloe Wilson and Anthony Mackie
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
it or not folks, this is the feel good movie of the year! You
don't have to be into hip-hop to get into this remarkable piece
either. It's gritty and real, almost like a documentary - though
they insist it's ficton. Eminem is uncanny. Of course he's playing
himself, basically, but he's still phenomenal. You can't catch
him "acting." Who would a thunk it? A musically talented
wise mouth bluntly spewing venom to a catchy beat rips out the
acting performance of the year!
story follows a down and out Detroit kid, Jimmy Smith Jr. aka
Bunny Rabbit (Eminem). B. Rabbit's life looks hopeless; dead end
job, no home life, gloom and doom. This guy's life is pretty much
nestled in the Motor City pits. The only hope he has of ever crawling
out of his abyss is his music.
and his crew the Three One Third have dreams. They want to cut
a demo record and take over the Detroit airwaves. Problem is they
have no cash. Oh and the fact that no one in public has really
ever heard B.Rabbit rap. See, he's got this dreadful recurring
case of morbid stage fright that has him mad as a hatter every
time he hits a stage. He's tagged as a "choker" at the
infamous club Shelter where rappers - in this part of the world
- prove their stuff. Not good.
buddies, Future, Sol, DJ Iz, and Cheddar Bob ( Mehki Phifer, Omar
Benson Miller, DeAngelo Wilson and Evan Jones) know this white
cat's the sheet but he needs to chill and let his talent shine
course there's big rivalry around his hood. The Freeworld guys
now rule Shelter and claim the territory with their own rap stylin's.
B. Rabbit has got to scurry through some pretty big holes in his
life to find Wonderland; the allusive record deal.
got to tell you. This film is incredible. The beat keeps it pulsing
while the whole delightful cast lets us into "their"
world. Naturally the greatness isn't harmed by the fact that Curtis
( L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys) directs. This guy always
takes us in and makes us feel as if we were a fly on the seedy
walls of someone's real life.
Murphy's, a chickbabe I've long been trumpeting, shows up as B.
Rabbit's sluty gal pal, Alex, working the boys to get ahead. It
happens and the role's right on. She's likeable and sleazy.
mansicle Mehki Phifer plays friend Future, and host of Shelter
with depth and ease. Man could this guy be hotter? Um, NO!
Byrd, also cute high on the rictermansteak scale, bounces through
as Wink the "organizer" so legitimately you wonder if
he spied the real guy for a while, researching the character.
radiates on the the screen. And even though he's in every single
scene, you still want more. He's man heroin. His obvious charisma
bullets off the screen. The real nice thing is? He doesn't come
of as an as***le cashing in on his name - he's got the friggin'
goods in spades baby! I for one cannot wait to see his next film
Basinger shows up as B. Rabbit's disenchanted mom. Yech. I mean
the mom not Kim. She tried to unpretty herself. For a woman this
gorgeous it hardly worked. But what did work is as we got to know
her as Stephanie, her looks dissipated and the real sad little
lizard trying not to fry in the sun appeared.
Mile is remarkable, the cast stellar and the story enthralling.
After you watch it you may just feel good about life. When was
the last time a film did that? Exactly. See this.