I’ve been scared to re-watch this film. Scared because I remember loving the film back when it was released, and was very nervous that it would not hold up. Finally, I took the plunge. Thank God! It’s brilliant!
It’s based on the comic strip of the same name, and follows the slightly insane Tank Girl (Lori Petty), a rebel in a future-world where water is extremely scarce and controlled by an evil corporation led by Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell). After teaming up with engineering genius Jet Girl (a young and fabulous Naomi Watts) and the mysterious rippers (mutants which are part human part Kangaroo and totally gorgeous, and include Ice-T among their number), Tank Girl sets out to take over the corporation and liberate the water.
So good. Funny, a bit violent, quite dated but in a terrific way, and worth watching just to see what tank girl will be wearing next. Where is Lori Petty these days? I don’t know. Hey, Hollywood? Give us more Lori Petty please.
I should say right from the start, I love rap. I love hip hop, I love beatboxing and break dancing and the whole kit and caboodle. I was so excited about this documentary because it was made by Ice T, and this means that it is not an outside looking in, but someone who was there from early days and knows the craft looking at it all. What’s more, when interviewing the big names of the scene, he is known and trusted.
Many people think rap is just someone talking over some music, but there is so much more to it. In Something for Nothing, Ice T looks at where rap started and where it is going to, and how it is created. There is nothing like seeing one of these big, strong rap artists bent over a notepad and writing down their rhymes.
If you can’t respect rap as the art form that it has become, if you can’t respect the history, and respect what it has achieved, if you can only see the negative sides of the culture, well this may be the perfect documentary for you. Perhaps you may still walk away thinking that rap is a waste of time. But I think that this documentary breeds respect.