Friday, June 8, 2018

Foxy Brown (1974)

Foxy Brown is a blaxploitation film starring Pam Grier. This was a loose sequel to "Coffy" from 1973 and has a similar plot involving the usual genre staples of drugs, prostitution and pimps in outlandish outfits. And violence of course, lots of violence. Pam is the film's heroine and is a one woman fighting machine as she seeks to avenge her slain boyfriend, a government agent gunned down by the mob.

Amid a funky early 70s soundtrack she gets her revenge through a number of ever more grisly action set pieces. Its not a subtle movie thats for sure but is rightly held up as one of the best movies in its genre. Although fairly low budget and lacking the effects and polish of movies nowadays the movie is pretty hard hitting and showing stuff that would be largely shied from today (or hidden in a CGI fest).

Foxy Brown is a period film, and dated in so many ways but the outlandish early 70s feel is a large part of the charm. The plot is pretty ridiculous of course if you stop to think about it but that would be largely missing the point. Its a fantasy. So get your jive ass down the video store brother.