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Post by Ernest Jasmin on Aug. 22, 2006 at 10:12 pm with No Comments
August 22, 2006 10:12 pm

Just got back from a screening of Outkast’s new movie, “Idlewild,” at Pac Place in Seattle. I’ll leave the in-depth analysis to our film critic, Soren. But I’ll say this in passing; it’s worth a matinee if you’re a fan of the group. Think “Purple Rain” when it comes to the quality of the story, not to mention a few jarring music video moments that feel plucked straight from MTV.


As a music fan, it was fun to see Dre and Big Boi in action, not to mention appearances from the likes of Angelo and Norwood from Fishbone and Macy Gray. Macy is pretty hilarious during a scene when she heckles one of the main characters in that ducky voice of hers.


But here’s something that’s kind of puzzling. Not much of the soundtrack can actually be heard in the film. With snippets and performances of “The Rooster,” “She Lives In My Lap” and “Vibrate” thrown into the mix, you can expect to hear about as much stuff from “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” as from the freakin’ disc that just came out today. And that’s a little distracting since the flick is set in the 1930s.


Most disappointing was the absence of my favorite song from the soundtrack, “Call the Law.” The song tells the story of a domestic violence episode that I presumed would be integral to the plot, complete with characters’ names. But n’uh. Weird. It’s like the album came out of a script brainstorming session and then the writers went in a totally different direction.


Anyway, look for Soren Andersen’s review of the film in GO or on the Web site Friday. And check out my review of the soundtrack in my column.

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