Black Snake Moan (2006)

January 29, 2008


Craig Brewer

Writer (WGA):
Craig Brewer (written by)

Release Date:
18 May 2007 (UK)

Comedy / Drama / Music

Plot Outline:
A God-fearing bluesman (Jackson) takes to a wild young woman (Ricci) who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

(Cast overview, first billed only)

Samuel L. Jackson    …     Lazarus

Christina Ricci    …     Rae

Justin Timberlake    …     Ronnie
S. Epatha Merkerson    …     Angela

John Cothran Jr.    …     Reverend R. L.
David Banner    …     Tehronne

Michael Raymond-James    …     Gill
Adriane Lenox    …     Rose Woods
Kim Richards    …     Sandy
Neimus K. Williams    …     Lincoln
Leonard L. Thomas    …     Deke Woods
Ruby Wilson    …     Mayella
Claude Phillips    …     Bojo
Amy Lavere    …     Jesse

Clare Grant    …     Kell


The reason I came to watch this film is simply because I heard a review on a Podcast I listened to regularly. After having seen it and the actors who are cast. I did remember seeing a trailer or two, for it, simply because Justin Timberlake has a role.

Let’s get the unpleasantries out of the way first, Justin Timberlake is Justin Timberlake, and nothing can change that. I don’t know why he wanted to appear in a film, but he shouldn’t have.

The female lead is played by Christina Ricci, who I didn’t recognize that first. She has come a long way since the Adams family and truly is a decent actress. The male lead is played by Samuel L. Jackson, and he is always puts in a excellent performance story itself is an interesting one, which I won’t go into here, because I don’t want to spoil the storyline itself. What I will say is that the story moves from being believable to unbelievable. With each twist and turn, and this is to its advantage, as it creates something innately watchable. That holds your attention.

I was pleasantly surprised with his film as a whole.  The soundtrack only adds to what is already a half decent film. If you do happen to watch this film, don’t expect a roller coaster ride of excellence. It is simply light entertainment.