New York Times: THE SONG “works surprisingly well”
Faith-based movies are traditionally panned by major critics. So, how refreshing this morning to pick up the New York Times and read words of praise from critic Neil Genzlinger.
"Christian-themed movies often try to sneak in the religion, with characters suddenly plunging into message-laden monologues. It’s rarely a successful tactic," notes his Times review, which observes that THE SONG, "a well-acted drama with some good music, takes a different approach. It makes its intentions clear early on and reiterates them throughout, having the lead character recite pieces of the biblical Song of Solomon in voice-over.
"That may sound heavy-handed, but it works surprisingly well."
No, not everything Genzlinger had to say was praise. However, he goes on to say that "Jed King (Alan Powell of the Christian band Anthem Lights) is a struggling country singer who hits it big when a song he writes for his wife (Ali Faulkner) catches on. His popularity results in long tours, and, of course, there are temptations on the road, including one named Shelby (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas), a musician in the band that opens for him.
"The actors, none of whom have much experience, are quite convincing, but the story — Jed falls, then sees the error of his ways — is an oft-told one. Jed ends up as just another star who chooses the straight and narrow only after having indulged in pleasures and debaucheries of all sorts."
"THE SONG is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned) for drug use," concludes the Times review, "and implied hanky-panky."