Surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolf pack of kids, the sweet, yet unstable, strange singer with God-given talents avoids the recording studio, driven by his own self-discovery.
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2.5. I would have liked to hear more music. You can get the feeling of Memphis at the end of the film; yet the film was not that captivating as a whole for me. I liked that sentence told by the main character: "You find glory by yourself alone."
A stunning and frustrating film. Moody and slow, one is compelled to continue watching for the touch and feel of black Memphis. But you can call me old school if you want, and I appreciate a philosophical meditation as much as the next person, at some point a story has to have some kind of plot structure to keep it moving and the viewer in their seat.
"Sutton pares down the...narrative information to the point of near self-parody [in] a film whose sense of place is tied to its inconsequence. Much of Memphis seems content to idle in the same vein as its protagonist; amiably sleepy as it is, the movie could stand to commit to any narrative direction that would place it outside the realm of cryptic inertia." - Vadim Rizov, AV Club