Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A young woman with a musical talent is convinced by her mother to follow the advice of a talent agent and perform on stage even though this isn’t truly what she wants.
My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before watching it and only came across it based on the fact that t garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The story itself is quite strange and fails to give us much more interesting aspects of things than it actually does.
The cast is quite talented yet they all seem extremely wasted here in these somewhat silly roles.
Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent all play quite sleazy characters and it’s hard to care about anything they try to say or do here.
Blethyn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance ere and I can sorta understand why even though the performance that she gives here is much less emotional and poignant as her previous Oscar nomination was two years earlier for Secrets & Lies (1996).
For a film that prominently features music, they do an ok job with things, but unfortunately the singing segments feel too much as if they are being performed under duress that it takes so much away from things.
Ewan McGregor and Jen Horrocks have a tender kind of chemistry together but their relationship seems much too underdeveloped as it should be.
Bottom Line – Very strange film that doesn’t manage to give us even more than it does making things feel missing. The very talented cast is completely wasted here. Caine, Blethyn and Broadbent all play very sleazy characters that don’t manage to give us any reason to care about what they do. Blethyn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here and I can sorta understand why even though it is far from being as emotional and enjoyable as her preview Oscar nomination for Secrets & Lies (1996). The music of the film is ok, but the fact that it all feels too much as if things are under duress takes so much away from the perception that we should be enjoying things. The chemistry between McGregor and Horrocks is tender yet feels underdeveloped.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To prepare for his role as club owner Mr. Boo, Jim Broadbent toured many of the working men’s clubs and theaters in Yorkshire. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)
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