Moulin Rouge + Outkast = Idlewild

When I heard that Outkast was coming out with a movie, I got excited. I’ve been a fan since Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik. When I heard that the film would be directed by Bryan Baber, director of many of Outkast’s music videos, and would be filmed in my home state (North Carolina stand up!!!), I was even more excited.

So when, after a few delays in production, the film finally opened, I went to see it on opening weekend for two reasons: 1. because I was excited, and 2. because I wanted to cast my vote (no pun intended) for a film by a musical group that I enjoyed (I’ll explain this casting a vote in a later post).

Anyway, to the review.

After seeing this film, I felt entertained and enjoyed the story, the music and the cinematography. Bryan Barber was able to use the strong visual style that has made so many Outkast videos unique and memorable and tastefully adapt this technique to a film. I was pleased with some of the shots and choices that he made.

I liked the music, but I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching the Moulin Rouge with Outkast as the lead characters (and of course new music and old songs from Speakerboxx/The Love Below). While Idlewild isn’t a complete copy of Moulin Rouge with Outkast as the lead characters, Idlewild’s story structure and even plot twists share similarities.

Since I’m a fan, I enjoyed the film (and the music), but after I left I was sure that my enjoyment of the film was due to my appreciation for Outkast and not so much for the value of the film.

At the end of the day, I really wanted a little bit more character development for Angel Davenport (Paula Patton) who was Percival’s (Andree 3000) love interest. I couldn’t shake the feeling that her role in the movie was merely to encourage Percival to pursue music — I thought that the story would have benefited a little more if they had spent the time to develop her into a more complex and detailed character.

Other than that little complaint, I really liked the movie — I’ve already acknowledged any bias I may have.

Any thoughts on Idlewild?

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Published on September 23, 2006 at 10:49 am. 5 Comments.
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