Sunday, January 30, 2011

Movie Review: Country Strong


Music - Original Song "Coming Home"

From the Academy Awards' website: "An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyric and melody, used in the body of the motion picture or as the first music cue in the end credits.

Movie Review:
This movie was pretty good. The story of a country singer who has been taken out of rehab early and the struggles she goes through after returning to the stage, while not very original, was very well done. (And when I say the movie is not original, not only can we find many stars who have lived this life, we also can find that this movie is pretty much a remake of Crazy Heart (2009) and Tender Mercies (1983).) There's nothing wrong with remakes in any form so long as they are well done. And, in movies involving singers, if the soundtrack is good. And, I would say that this movie accomplishes it. I found that while the main character, Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) is who you are supposed to be most relating too, I instead was interested more in Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund) and Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester). No matter, I still enjoyed the movie, and was better off since the happier ending was for Beau and Chiles and sadly not Kelly Canter. Beware, the ending is sad, but there is still much to be taken from the movie. I give the movie a B+.

Original Song Review:
The song, "Coming Home" is the song nominated for The Oscar, and while it is good, it didn't blow me away. It didn't help me relate to the characters or the story. So, while the song is good and it meets the requirements the Academy has set forth for nomination, there have been better songs put out this year in my opinion. There are even different songs in the movie I find better. (Although some don't qualify for the Oscars). The title song, "Country Strong", is better and I would find it much more deserving of the Oscar nomination than "Coming Home" so long as it meets the qualifications (and Mr. B's research indicates that it is.)

So, there's another review, and prepare yourself for many more!!

<3 Mrs. B

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You inspire me to write better reviews. :P

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