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Crazy In Alabama

Reviewed By Greg Muskewitz
Posted 12/10/01 11:05:39

"All's insane on the Southern front."
3 stars (Average)

Antonio Banderas directs his wife Melanie Griffith as a loopy blonde bombshell in the 1960s, as she drops her children off with her funeral partitioner brother, cuts off her husbandís head and carries it around in a hat box as she pursues an acting career in Hollywood.

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Crazy in Alabama. Antonio Banderas directs his wife Melanie Griffith as a loopy blonde bombshell in the 1960s, as she drops her children off with her funeral partitioner brother, cuts off her husbandís head and carries it around in a hat box as she pursues an acting career in Hollywood. But her story is only secondary, as her oldest son (Lucas Black) is caught up in the fast-moving current of the Civil Rights movement. The two storylines begin at the same starting point, veer apart from each other, and at about three-quarters of the way through, intersect and cross axises to somewhat tie everything back together. Both storylines certainly have their appealing and catchy aspects, but Banderas doesnít know how to capitalize on them, only how to exploit his split cell screens and neon, bombastic colors that call more attention to its stentorian business than would blasting Mambo music. Crazy in Alabama is better than I had expected it to be, but I still canít put myself in the position to stand behind and recommend it. Banderas knows how to introduce his concepts and ideas pretty well on-screen, but heís much more behind on following up on them and staying concordant. Heís like a little kid who keeps replacing what candy he has selected as he continues down the storeís aisle. Itís also a good collection of performances, all of the performersí names who speaks for themselves. Its lack of closure, however, is a large, gaping hole at the end.

With David Morse, Cathy Moriarty, Meat Loaf (Aday), John Beasley, Paul Mazursky and Rod Steiger.

Final Verdict: C+.

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