Sweet and Lowdown

Synopsis: In the 1930’s, Emmet Ray ruled as the second greatest jazz guitarist in the world. But offstage, and particularly in regards to his relationships with women, he was the undisputed king. Academy Award-nominee Sean Penn stars in this richly textured comedic portrait.

Emmet’s reputation as a renowned musician is eclipsed by his eccentric career moves, hilarious clashes with gangsters and stormy love affairs with two very different women: Hattie (a breakout performance by Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Samantha Morton), a mute laundress who loves Emmet unconditionally, and Blanche (Uma Thurman), an eccentric heiress he impulsively marries.

Sweet And Lowdown has been acclaimed as “a loving and comic tribute to a musical era! A standout performance by Sean Penn! Samantha Morton’s Hattie is a very sweet virtuoso performance!” -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Sweet and Lowdown 7.5

I was about to give this movie an 8.0, because I was enjoying myself quite a bit. Then Samantha Morton dropped out of the picture and we got Uma Thurman instead. From that point on, it just wasn’t the same.

I mean, with all due respect to Thurman, she was completely overshadowed by the brilliant performance of Morton; she played sweet and odd just right and you could feel the character’s every moment. Very nice.

She’s an odd one, Samantha Morton, but I’m starting to like her. Her movies and characters certainly aren’t standard fare, for the most part, but she always immerses herself in her roles and gives them life.

Sean Penn was also very good here. Since the mid-’90s, he had been trying harder to hone his craft and he was well on his way by now. He’s really come a long way since playing Spicoli in ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’.

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