THE PLOT THUS FAR
An aspiring singer-songwriter’s life and marriage suffer when the song he writes for his wife propels him to stardom.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Song” is a film about relationships and negotiating the turbulence of a modern life. The film was supposedly set in Kentucky, but it appears to be the middle of the state. For those that don’t know, there are four major regions in the Bluegrass. While we get a ton of KY traffic, I’m based in Louisville and that might as well be Mars when compared to this story. Even with that disclosure, there’s great music and a lot to watch about two people trying to find love. It’s like watching a less trashy version of “Nashville”. Take that Tennessee! State rivalry continues, even though we hate the Hoosiers more.
I’m not sure if a music about faith and the heady business of modern country music goes hand-in-hand. Most of the time, I felt like I was watching a pastiche of Christopher Cain’s 1990s directorial efforts. When you can strip those trappings away and focus on the musical couple’s quest to keep it together, you have a film that can stand on its own outside of its Christian oriented trappings. I’d love to see a second trip back to this material and world, as there is something incredible to be mined from the material. Hell, I’d love to see the entire Judeo Christian Bible adapted into stories like this without going the epic route.
The DVD comes with director’s commentary and featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par for faith-based films in standard definition. The transfer isn’t amazing, but it works. The same goes for the Dolby 5.1 audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the target audience.
RELEASE DATE: 02/10/2015