Set in Fifties' Alabama, John Sayles' latest chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner Tyrone "Pint Top" Purvis (Danny Glover).
That ‘something’ is New Orleans legend Guitar Sam, and the film builds up to the fateful event in what is, essentially, an inferior Big Night. There are few surprises, but flawless acting from the largely African-American cast and well-drawn characters make for a convincing portrait of a cotton pickin’ community.
Throw in a fledgling R&B soundtrack and earthy photography courtesy of Mike Leigh regular Dick Pope and you’ve got a gentle, enjoyable musical fable.
A gentle, enjoyable musical fable.
Reviewed by Anna Hart