FILM REVIEWS
CAPSULE REVIEWS
INTERVIEWS
DVD REVIEWS
ESSAYS
TECHNOLOGY

« Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections | Main | Michael Clayton »

Talk to Me

Photo_16_hires

The outsized talents of Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Taraji Henson go a long way in compensating for the undernourished script about real-life ex-con-turned-Washington D.C. radio and TV personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Green Jr. (Cheadle), who became a beacon of hope for thousands of disenfranchised blacks in the late ‘60s. Co-writer/director Kasi Lemmons ("Eve’s Bayou") fails to shape the biography drama after the likable Petey storms the airwaves of WOL-AM with his anti-establishment message under the benevolent guidance of station programmer Dewey Hughes (Ejiofor). In spite of Cheadle’s forceful performance, the watered down script fails to capture the rawness and the logic of a groundbreaking social commentator who spoke truth to power on a daily basis. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with sound quality processed in 5.1 Dolby Digital. Special features include: Spanish, English, and French subtitles, two making-of featurettes and a collection of extended or deleted scenes. (Movie-Two Stars, DVD features – One Star.) Rated R, 118 mins. (Universal)

November 20, 2007 in Biopic | Permalink