Wild Rose: Three Chords and the Truth

Wild Rose, 7/10, was released back in April but never came to my local cinema until yesterday as part of a Silver Screen and I am so glad I finally got the opportunity to see this after hearing nothing but praise. This little film depicts a troubling battle between chasing your dreams and growing up to take responsibility. The film offers similar themes as the hit film A Star Is Born however is presented within a Glasgow back drop.

A young Glaswegian – Rose-Lynn (played by Jessie Buckley) – is fresh out of prison dreaming of becoming a Nashville country star. Is she willing to turn her back on her children once more, or is she finally going to wake up to what is most important in her life? The plot may be very formulaic to conventions of a singer wanting to make it big and a parent not ready to be a parent but for me that didn’t affect the movie as the performance from the two leads and script hold up the overall film. Jessie Buckley can sing just as amazingly as she can act and the beauty in the dialogue between her and her mother – Marion (played by Julie Walters) is something to behold. There is something so simple yet moving about an exchange about “my mince is your mince” that hit me like a tonne of bricks.

As a character, she is well rounded and has a lot of depth: she is fierce, stubborn and has enormous amount of talent. This, however, makes it so hard as an audience member because you are torn between which path she should take even if it does seem obvious. Never before have I liked country music but Rose-Lynn opened my eyes to three chords and the truth and I haven’t stopped listening to the soundtrack since. Overall, this film is worth a watch when it comes out on DVD or streaming platforms and in a world of superhero movies upon Disney remakes, it was rather refreshing to see a small UK film.

Picture: 7/10

Sound: 8/10

Narrative: 6/10

Acting: 7/10

Originality: 6/10

Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10

Overall rating….. 7/10

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