I’ve been following The Song since this past NRB Convention when we interviewed lead actor Alan Powell. Tonight I finally got a chance to watch an early screener.
The Song is the story of aspiring singer—‐songwriter Jed King who is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father. While performing at a local festival, he meets and falls in love with Rose. Soon after their wedding, he writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart. The story is inspired by the life of King Solomon.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this movie. The premise of Solomon’s life is predictably dark, and it was obvious from the trailer that the movie would be on the gritty side. On the other hand, I kept hearing from others who said they liked it better than any of the other faith-based movies released this year.After watching it, I’m still not sure what I think of it.
I really didn’t like the beginning. It was a fast paced montage narrated by Jed (Alan Powell) quoting Solomon’s words from the Bible. Unfortunately, I had a difficult time following who was who and exactly what was going on. Once the movie officially started, it got better and it definitely ended better than it began.
The filmmakers did a good job selecting sets and locations. I loved the beauty of the Kentucky countryside in fall and the chapel on the lake. The acting was good, especially Alan Powell and the two leading ladies – Ali Faulkner and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas. They were all perfect casting and played their roles beautifully.
While I felt the musical performances were well done and Caitlin in particular is incredibly talented, I wasn’t crazy about the music. I felt that that the music tended to drag. At 116 minutes, this is a pretty long movie and would have benefitted greatly from cutting down some of the performances.
A good movie should elicit emotion and this definitely did that. It made me very uncomfortable. I was constantly squirming in my seat as Jed and Rose drifted apart and Shelby seduced him into a life of temptation and addiction. Unfortunately, I’ve known firsthand men and women like Jed who have been sucked into a life that promised them much but brought them nothing but heartache. This is a movie that probably needs to be watched, but is not always a pleasant experience. I’ll be interested to see what other people have to say about it.
One final note:Everyone should follow The Song on Facebook for all the wonderful marriage and love related quotes that they share.