Crazy in Alabama
Crazy in Alabama is indeed new territory for Snow, an almost cult figure in television with his extra sensory opus The X-Files and a tremendously acclaimed compilation released earlier in 1999. This is the first feature that shows Snow's complete range as not only capable of taut dramatic work, but also fun Southern fried atmosphere tailored to this project with great care and apparent passion. As with his other works for both TV and film, it seems as Snow researched, at length, the time and setting to decide what was needed for the movie and applied his talents accordingly.
From a gorgeous main & end theme, (Pool of Freedom) with a tender
piano to the breezy harmonica in the Alabama enriched Mellow Ride,
Crazy explores similar family dramas and mysteries as Fried
Green Tomatoes but with a decidedly different effect. Snow's composition
treads more challenging territory that covers the darker side of life
in the racially explosive South and then on the other hand, follows
the film's heroine Lucille as she tries to make a name for herself in
Hollywood (with her husband's severed head in tow). These diverse musical
stylings within one score could easily be miscalculated attempts in
some less than capable hands, but Snow makes this his first real big
screen triumph with a promise that his expansive and versatile talents
are still unfolding before us.
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