Sex, drugs and music make for a unique date movie
Sex, drugs and music. "Those aren't topics you would expect from a biblical movie," writes Shelbyville, Tennessee, reporter Jason Reynolds. But THE SONG "blends those problems into a modern adaptation of the Song of Solomon from the Old Testament."
"I attended the red carpet premiere," writes Reynolds for the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, who tells of rubbing elbows with such special guests as the cast of Duck Dynasty and country music legend Ricky Skaggs. But the film was the star. "THE SONG is rich in biblical allegories. The main character, Jed King (Alan Powell), is an up-and-coming musician who meets his future wife, Rose (Ali Faulkner from "Twilight: Breaking Dawn"), at a vineyard. Rose is the daughter of a vineyard owner in the rural community of Sharon.
"According to Song of Songs, 'I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.' That line -- and many other verses from Song of Songs -- is quoted throughout the film as a voiceover. The couple's meeting is handled very sweetly. The courtship starts off in a humorous way with Jed seeking the intimidating father's permission (in a room filled with hunting trophies). Rose and Jed get married and have a son. Do they have an idyllic marriage? Not so fast.
"Jed writes a song, titled 'The Song,' about Rose, and it becomes a hit. Jed starts touring like crazy. His rare visits home become filled with marital strife, so he starts hitting the road more and more, and that's when temptation sets in. I can't go into too much more without giving the story away, but suffice it to say there is a strong message of love, temptation, betrayal, grace and redemption.
"I told my wife, while watching the screening, that where he fights with his wife about being gone a lot, and about his response, that while filming the scene, I wasn't acting," Powell told Reynolds. "I spend a lot of time on the road. I was able to draw from a lot of personal experience." Although he is new to acting, films are the media that move him the most. He formed a lasting friendship with "The Song's" writer and director, Richard Ramsey, who sees the world in the same way, he told Reynolds. "I love his point of view on things and I respect his opinion artistically and personally."
As a modern day re-telling of the story of Solomon, Powell said, the movie deals with issues that are timeless: the existence of God, the meaning of life and family.
"These things are still very relevant in our lives," Powell said. "The idea translates into a modern film in a way that is simple and artistic. I'm really excited about the meaning and the inspiration. The story is about what that sort of success can do to you and the temptation and the focus of time and energy on material things or things we believe really matter, which is family and faith.
"The movie is rated PG-13. There is partial nudity, promiscuity, marital infidelity, smoking (of more than just tobacco), alcohol, drugs and domestic fighting," warns Reynolds. "Parents who are careful of what their teenagers see may want to watch the movie without them to determine if it is suitable. With that being said, the movie is definitely biblical in scope; it just happens to be relevant to today's social issues."