Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer. Written by
There really isn't much of a story here and the whole movie feels like a sequence of barely connected scenes. Wherever there is music, there is also entertaining choreography and good editing - those scenes are always great, no matter how slow and boring the rest of the movie feels. Acting is decent tho and Emily Browning certainly shows a lot of talent.
There might be a point in the stark contrast between the joy of the musical scenes and the slowly crushing boredom of the "mundane" ones, namely that it is used to show the main character's problem with accepting "real life" and her escapes from it to music. The result is unconvincing, especially for a mainstream viewer - the contrast between the two styles only adds to the general inconsistency of the movie.
I would not recommend this to a casual movie viewer, perhaps to people who really are into musicals or youth movies. It certainly helps to show that a good musical requires much more than good songs. The soundtrack, however, that you should get.
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