Song to Song Review

Fellow movie-goers: Too Slow, Too long, I was not impressed.

Ratings are based on 1 to 10 Reels

8 Plot: Great story; bad storytellin
8 Acting: Everyone does a great job.
3 Directing: Not impressed with Malick's style.
3 Cinematography: Horrible shots, very disjointed.
5 Pacing: The story is paced fine, but the dialog is monotone and low.

Here is the premise: Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

I was rally hyped to see SONG TO SONG, it blended my three favorite things; movies, music, and Austin, but it never really went anywhere. I loved the story, I loved the music, but the storytelling lacked a lot. One big problem is that there is not a lot of actual dialog in the film, it is mostly over-dubbed voices. My other issue I had was the tone of the speaking for all the voiceovers were flat, monotone, and boring; almost lulling the audience to sleep. It was a bit disjointed, and the editing was horrible; sometimes very hard to follow and even harder to watch at times because of the editing.

I really feel what ruined SONG TO SONG is the choice of storytelling, it felt like a film student’s project. Another case of a great story squashed by someone trying to be more artistic than they needed to be; this is a great story and it should have just been told in a normal fashion.

Russell Lockhart



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