Find your voice.
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Written by: Scott Silver
Starring: Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, Mekhi Phifer
The other night I had a date with a guy who really wanted to see 8 Mile. I am not an Eminem fan, in fact all I know about him is that he espouses antigay and hateful music. But I believe in seeing for myself, so that's what I decided to do.
I found that there is this whole world I know nothing about. Hip-Hop is a culture within a culture within a culture. Its very uniquely American, and uniquely inner-city oriented. What surprised me the most was that I learned something. What I took away from the film was a sense that these kids use this music not to "create" violence and hate, but to diffuse it. I might have missed the mark, but my sense was that by creating art off the cuff and out of their head they were providing a forum for getting all their anger, confusion and frustration out in a way that keeps them from physical violence. Often in the same raps people would come to conclusion, change their mind, point out others fallacies in thinking.
They do this in a way that from the outside seems to support violence. I may be off base, I may have been duped, but I am left with the feeling that we have misjudged this type of music as a society. I am not saying we have specifically misjudged Eminem, but I have to think twice now when I hear stories about this music.
Go see this movie. See it for the cultural experience alone.
- Kim Bassinger was the person I wanted to see the most, and surprisingly she was the biggest disappointment. She was flat, uninvolved and must have been sleepwalking through filming.
- Eminem was amazing, his acting was dead-on.
- Brittany Murphy was sensual and charming.
- Reviewed by CQ