“One of my favorite movies of the year,” raves popular columnist
Columnist and author Lisa Hendey says THE SONG has stuck with her for weeks.
"I can’t wait to see it again in the theater where I’ll be able to experience the sound in stereo and the life lessons in high definition," says the popular columnist better known as "Catholic Mom" on the Patheos inspirational website.
"The perfect song leaves us humming it non-stop, wishing for one more verse and striving to better understand the deeper meanings at its heart, the truth that inspired its lyrics and melody," she shares with readers. "In so many ways, the new movie THE SONG is like a beautiful song we can’t get out of our head or a fine wine we can’t wait to share with a loved one. Tender, challenging and packed with amazing music, this film has the potential to change hearts and lives. See it, sing along, and know that you are forever and unconditionally loved.
Why did she like the film starring Alan Powell as superstar musician Jed King, Ali Faulkner as Rose, his longsuffering wife and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas as Shelby, his fellow musician and beautiful temptress?
"I live with musicians," Hendey writes, "so I have a very high standard for what I like and don’t like. Music is at the heart of this story. It is what rockets Jed to fame, what becomes his mistress of sorts, what hypnotizes him and ultimately what saves him. And the music in this movie is incredible. You should just go ahead and plan now to get the soundtrack but you can actually download some of it free right now.
"While this has been a big year for faith-based movies, I would contend that THE SONG bears little resemblance to the others I have seen this year. Perhaps the factors that set it apart for me are also the things that make it one of my favorite movies of the year. While this is a story of love and redemption, the story," writes Hendley, "is real and jagged and fraught with emotion. What begins as a pure and poetic love relationship falls prey to sin and temptation.
"But Jed’s fall isn’t only Shelby’s fault. What happens along the way to that fall is a big part of the darkness and ultimate light in this film. What keeps this from being a stereotypical “love found and lost and found again” story are a few compelling factors:
First, notes Hendey, "The inspiration the entire movie draws from scripture. Solomon’s Song of Songs is woven through the heart and soul of this story. You won’t ever feel like you’re being preached at, but by the end of the movie you’ll be racing to pick up your Bible."
Then, there's the music -- but also "The redemption: We all have vices. Perhaps ours aren’t as caustic as Jed’s and Shelby’s. Perhaps we haven’t been hurt as badly as Rose. Or perhaps ours are and we have.
The hurts and pains and brokenness in this story hit this viewer deeply. You too will be moved, at times likely beyond your comfort level. Some of these elements are what earn the film its PG13 rating. This is not a movie for children. But I do think that mature teens who watch this movie in the company of their parents followed by a good conversation will find profound lessons here. Because without giving any spoilers a way, what I loved most about this film is that it offers us such beautiful hope for true redemption in this life and in the next."