Monday, February 15, 2016

Music of the Heart (1999)

An American drama directed by Wes Craven, starring Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Angela Bassett, Aidan Quinn and Cloris Leachman.
The husband of a woman with 2 sons leaves her for another woman. She goes on to become a violin teacher in the urban schools of Harlem.
ARGH! I see why this is Wes Craven's only non-horror film. If I was one of his horror director buddies, I would have mocked him endlessly about this. It was SO SAPPY! The plot was mostly predictable (except the false ending in the middle). The characters did not develop and were all left as cardboard cutout extras with repeated actions and dialogue through the whole film. Ok, so maybe the main character was developed a little bit. Everything she did and said was so predictable though. The teacher's repeated line about listeners puking and students sounding bad got old really fast. There was some good camera-work in that most of it was "invisible" and a few wide shots that I liked. Wes Craven himself must have been fasting when he made this in order to keep from losing his lunch. I can hear the thoughts going through his mind: "Freddy could be ripping apart some teenagers right now and here I am filming this crap!" Overall, a disappointment when we consider this director's other work. I rate it poor because it wasn't a bad movie, just not my style and not the style of the director who made it. If you like tear-jerkers and happy endings, go ahead and snuggle up to this with your box of kleenex. If you like any of Wes Craven's other films, stay far away!

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