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Wild Rose review

Updated on April 25, 2019
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Mark is an avid film buff that enjoys going to the cinema at least once a week and watching films at least once a day.


Nicole Taylor's script manages for the most part to avoid cliché in this wonderfully written aiming for the stars country musical drama that manages to balance lightly humourous moments and gut punching pathos expertly. (4.5/5)


The films DP George Still manages to pull off some great shots especially during the musical performances and he manages to capture the grey bleakness of Glasgow. (4/5)


A musical needs to obviously have a strong soundtrack and this film has one hell of one, featuring covers of songs by Primal Scream, Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris all respectively performed by the fantastic vocal talents of Jessie Buckley, it'll have you humming the songs for days. (5/5)


Pretty much your standard point A to B movie but that's completely fine as it's not the sort of film that really calls for a non linear style. (4/5)


Tom Harper's (TV's Peaky Blinders) directing is fairly straightforward and standard which is ok because in a director with a more flashy style I think the film might lose some of its gritty, earthy tone. (4/5)


Jessie Buckley (Beast) gives a hurricane of a performance in this movie delivering one of the finest performances I've seen this year so far as the titular character, she is backed up by two stellar supporting performances one by Julie Walters who gives a powerhouse of a performance in her own right as Rose's mum in what I think I is her best performance since Billy Elliott. Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) also gives a strong supportive performance as Rose's employer who helps her chase her dream. (5/5)


Wild Rose is moving and genuinely uplifting plus it features dynamite performances from Jessie Buckley and the incomparable Julie Walters. 9/10


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      Bernard Whelan 

      11 months ago

      Great review, Mark. Thanks for reviewing a musical. It's a genre I enjoy. I'll look for Wild Rose. Your comment on the soundtrack that, "it'll have you humming the songs for days," says it all. That's what musical theater and film is all about. The songs stay in your head long after you leave the theater.


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