The wife and I had a date night.
We saw "Idlewild" and I have to say I was impressed. Normally, to me, a movie is good or not good. I don't get into the cinematography, storyline, and acting too much. (I know, those are the basics of a movie but if I rate movies by them too much, then I would never be happy with movies). I just go to turn off the brain for an 1 1/2 or 2 and be entertained. Of course, if the story is just awful or unbelievable or if the acting is just horrible, then it just screams at you.
For some reason, Idlewild was different.
It started off in the beginning with the use of what appeared to be "vintage" photos with the brownish/grayish coloring to them, the expressions towards the camera of those being photographed, and the increasing in size of some of the items in the photographs. It continued with the animation of the rooster on the flask given to "Rooster" and it went from there. The limited and timely use of animation through out the film was great.
The coloring used in the film was set by the first use of the period photos but, surprisingly, it wasn't too dark. In fact, the sparse use of colors in the movie really set things off.
I was then struck by the choreography of the dance scenes of the people in "The Church" juke joint. There is not much to say except it was good. The first scene with the people dancing while Big Boi rapped, was good. I didn't even care that it was out of place to the period.
The story line was simple but good. Big Boi and Andre were perfectly cast and both played their characters well. Both were believable.
Now let's get to the actors:
Terrance Howard: Good as usual. He played his part to a tee.
Ben Vereen: Good to see him in a movie and good to see he still has it.
Ving Rhames: Appropriate for his part.
Cicely Tyson: Ms. Tyson was on screen for about 5 minutes and RIPPED IT! STOLE THE SCENE. DID HER THANG! Period.
I'd rate the movie an 8 out of 10.