Monday, October 18, 2010

Insufficient Fare Monthly Movie Club

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Insufficient Fare Monthly Movie Club. I watch a lot of... interesting movies, and since I have a captive audience in you, I'd like to share some of my thoughts. Hopefully we can get some good discussion going in the comments section, really learn a little about cinema.

This week's film: Black Knight, starring Martin Lawrence. We're actually going to be looking at Martin Lawrence films for a while, so settle in.

In Black Knight (alternate title A South-Central Gangsta in Some English King's Court), Lawrence plays Jamal Skywalker, employee at a failing medieval-themed amusement park. When Ms. Bostick, the manager, learns that a brand new medieval-themed amusement park is opening nearby, Lawrence advises her to cut and run. In return, she looks at him and says, "I had such high hopes for you, Jamal."

I don't know why she said this - originally, I thought that she was his mom, because nobody is actually named Skywalker. But, nope, not his mom.

Instead, this very line sets up the great theme of the film: we, America, had high hopes for our Jamals, our young adults. And what do they do with these hopes? They spend their time having long montages where they brush their teeth, clean their ears, pull nose hairs, pull ear hairs and then just dance. Rather than work, they try to pull shiny necklaces out of our moats. It's disgusting.

And by the end of the film, Jamal Skywalker has learned the truth: it's not about the money... it's about loyalty. Whether that's loyalty to an unfairly deposed queen or to someone who talks to you like they're your mom, you need loyalty.

Like Jamal says, "Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the presence of fear, yet the will to move on."

Is that quote even relevant? I don't know. Let's just cut the shit and talk about Martin Lawrence doing wacky shit. Let's be real, when I talk about Jamal Skywalker, I'm talking about Martin Lawrence. Martin Lawrence will always play Martin Lawrence. He's always going to teach some honkies how to be cool, he's gonna talk about banging a lady, and he's going to make a wacky face.

It's time for the Martin Lawrence Movie Checklist: Black Knight edition!

Teaching honkies to be cool: There's no breakdancing, but he does host a pretty sick dance party. Check it out:

Talking about banging a lady: After sleeping with the king's daughter, he refers to her as a freak. Also, he asks a medieval woman if she has a thong, then states that she should just bring some panties over and he will cut the ass off.

Wacky Faces: No doubt.

I think that Black Knight is an average Martin Lawrence film - not spectacular, a movie to sit and half-watch when nothing else is on.


Next month is Big Momma's House. See you then!

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