Dafoe + Parker = Damn good movie
There was a time, long ago, when Billy Dafoe would take challenging roles and allow the audience to really slip into his character. I think this movie and Last Temptation of Christ are the two finest examples. Since then, he seems to only get the same crappy work that Matthew Modine gets. Too bad.
Alan Parker is one of my favorite directors. Often, I think people don't know how many films he has done. This movie seems to be a counterpoint to the style of Oliver Stone (which was very hip then). What I mean is that the topic, racial relations in the south, is already a topic that sounds preachy. Stone's approach would have been to go out to the shed and pick up a 2x4 and then beat you on the head with his 'enlightened' view. Parker has a defter hand. It's hard for this movie not to become a morality tale, but I think it foreshadows another Hackman picture, Unforgiven, in it's attempt to show that the lines between black and white, good and bad, aren't quite as clear as we would like them.
Well before the advances in computers and filmography (i.e., O Brother's digital coloring), this movie feels like it took a long time to make. It feels genuine and real. Combined with John Singleton's critical redemption, Rosewood, there may not be a better film study of the American south. Take the time to find this movie at your local store.
Full profile for Mississippi Burning
Offsite info: Internet Movie Database
login to submit an article
A Film Review
2006-03-10 06:51:39... CheriLacy
The Lazy Moviewatcher's Top... Something of 2004
Despite being busy watching all of 2003's movies at home, this reviewer did actually hit the theater a few times this year
2004-12-30 22:39:13... andrew
2003 Awards Tracker
So many awards, so much recognition - it's amazing how these people don't develop an ego
2004-01-29 21:45:11... andrew
How to set up a cheap home theatre
Constant upgrades and a host of revolving standards make the home theatre market hard to decide when to jump in.
2003-05-27 17:52:42... mastadonfarm
submit a review here
submit a review here
indexes links credits privacy|
all contributed material © their respective authors
everything else © 2019 thatcow
link to this site