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8 Mile (DVD)
Member Name: MsTricia
8 Mile (DVD)
Advantages: good watch, solid acting, lots of bonus extras
I am BIG Eminem fan and I remember being too young to see this at the cinema when it came out and being really annoyed! The day it was released on DVD I dashed out to buy it and was sooo excited! I like it so much that from time to time I will randomly watch it, and a few months ago I realised it was scratched! So I set upon looking for it on Ebay and bought another copy so now I have 2!
The film follows Jimmy aka "B Rabbit" (Eminem) as a semi-autobiographical role where he lives with his down and out mother in a trailer park and is struggling to be a rapper. As a kind of outcast, being that he is white he is spurred on by his best friend Future (Mekhi Phifer) to go forward in a rap battle and overcome his fears and failures and prove himself.
I absolutely LOVE this film and not just because I love Eminem! I have followed his music career from the start in 1999 and he puts on an excellent acting performance playing the role of the Jimmy, striving to achieve more and raise himself from his trailer park. He comes up against all kinds of obstacles, that being having no money, not being socially accepted due to his skin colour and having people use him for their own wants and needs but he succeeds in his aim. He is totally convincing in this role and his emotion and desire plays out and you can't help but connect with him and want him to come out on top.
Britanny Murphy plays his love interest, and she too is on top form as a hopeful wannabe actress with the same high hopes of achieving more in her life. The chemistry between the two is sizzling and the naughty scene between them is so realistic I have heard more than one rumour that they actually were a thing in real life and can imagine so! Without giving a spoiler it's a shame about the ending between the two of them, but it brings a more realistic aspect to the film and gives it more genuinity as not everything can be a happy ending I guess!
Kim Basinger plays his mum, and she too is on top form as his slightly needy, desperate, broke mum. Anyone aware of Eminem's real life relationship with his mum of course will be aware of the stark difference between the two, but it's really good seeing the acting quality bounce of these two in their scenes together and it helps the film to tie in as lot's of relationships and dynamics are explored. Jimmy also has his crew of friends - mainly Future (Mekhi Phifer) who is like Eminem's real life close friend Proof who sadly passed away. His friends support his ambition to be a rapper, and whilst the rest of them are relatively unknown actors they all do solid performances and the entire film is completely credible and not like some of those singer/rapper-turned-actor 90 minutes of yarn you usually get.
The DVD also comes with bonus extras like an interview with Eminem and Brian Grazer - the director and how they came with the concept of the film and some footage of filming. There are also some added rap battle scenes as they auditioned people to be in it and a music video from Eminem (completely random - Superman which is not in the film at all!) so these are a nice added touch.
This can be bought on DVD from amazon for £4.50 which if you ask me is cheap as chips. If you're an Eminem fan you will love this, and if not I'd still recommend anyone who likes rap or even just a decent film about rags to...well almost riches to give it a go.
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