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“Outlaw Johnny Black” is a film that seems to celebrate elements of the Spaghetti Western and Blaxploitation genres, combining elements from both genres in a humorous and satirical way. The film was made by actor and director Michael Jai White after the success of “Black Dynamite,” and has a length of 136 minutes, which is sometimes considered too much.
In the film, Michael Jai White takes on the main role of Johnny Black, a famous assassin and fearsome martial artist who has spent most of his adult life seeking revenge for his father’s death. , he is a televangelist and master of the art of sniper Bullseye Black (played by Glynn Turman, appearing briefly in flashbacks). Like Lee Van Cleef in “For a Few Dollars More,” who carries a picture of his lost sister in a watch to spur his quest for revenge against his enemies, Johnny carries a picture of Bullseye in his watch, to zealously seek revenge. But wait, there’s more: Johnny also carries a bullet with the name of his pursuer – mob boss Brett Clayton (Chris Browning) – written on it.
But trouble strikes when Johnny is repeatedly stopped in his quest for revenge by cops, bounty hunters and other troublemakers who want to collect the bounty on his head or arrest him on false charges. , or both. He was lucky to escape death with the intervention of grateful Indians whom he saved from the racists, but nearly starved to death in the desert after his horse abandoned him. Luckily, he is saved by an abbot named Reverend Percy (Minns), who is on his way to replace the vacant job of pretending to be an annunciator of God – and wins the hand of Bessie (Erica Ash), who My beautiful pen pal – in the predominantly black town of Hope Springs. Even luckier, when the abbot is late, Johnny is able to impersonate him and find temporary shelter in a place where no one, not even Bessie, has ever seen him before.
At 136 minutes long, “Outlaw Johnny Black” has passages where the passage of time and the lack of humor are fully felt. There’s a bit of “Blazing Saddles” in the scenes where Johnny interacts with members of his innocent cult – and there’s an exceptional, sneaky, and ironic moment when someone beats a horse. But more interestingly, “Outlaw Johnny Black” in particular often places less emphasis on humor, even sincerity, while filling in the gaps between the laugh-out-loud humor by focusing on the The scheme of a greedy man who wants to usurp the oil-rich fortune of Bessie’s beautiful sister, Jessie (Anika Noni Rose).
(Remember: The weird thing about previews for the theatrical release of “Killers of the Flower Moon” is that there’s another movie about white villains trying to stop people of color from suing for their legal ownership of their property.) with oil assets.)
Scattered throughout “Outlaw Johnny Brown” are humorous and satirical references to interesting racist cases. Among the crimes charged against Johnny: “train robbery, horse theft and improper eye contact with leather women