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It doesn't matter where you've been as long as you come back strong.
Soon after the rising young singer-songwriter Beau Williams gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star Kelly Canter, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager James and featuring a beauty queen-turned-singer Chiles Stanton. Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.
3 Stars for the soundtrack. Nice story, but if you're looking for a happy feel-good movie, skip it.
So...my sister urged me to watch this long ago and I finally did. I will probably be thinking twice when she gives me recommendations in the future.
When Country Strong was released the majority immediately thought of it as a Crazy Heart rip-off. Certainly one goal was to try and capitalize on the success of that film to a certain extent, but this would be a terrible film even without the Jeff Bridges Oscar winner. I will say that writer/director Shana Feste has an undeniable appreciation of country music. Her script hints at that. Unfortunately she is more interested in the eye-rolling love quadrangle going on. All of the leads and their romances are dull, predictable, and shallow.
Who the fuck is Tim McGraw?
Aunque Gwyneth Paltrow está correcta en su interpretación de una cantante Country (Kelly Canter) en decadencia, lo único que salva la película es su banda sonora. Si les gusta el Country se deja ver, si no, es más complicado. "Country strong cuenta con canciones originales interpretadas por Paltrow, Hedlund y Meester que han sido compuestas para sus personajes por algunos de los compositores y productores más notables de la música Country. El personaje principal de la película se encuentra inspirado en la vida de la cantante Britney Spears."
While Gwyneth Paltrow is correct in itsperfomance of a Country singer (Kelly Canter) in decline, only thing that saves the film is the soundtrack. If you love Country can be seen, it…
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I probably would not have watched Country Strong at all if not for two things: 1) my friend Morgan told me the ending, which I found unexpected based on the movie's advertising campaign; 2) it was free on demand from The Movie Network. But thanks to those factors, I did watch it. I even enjoyed it -- somehow, it managed to overcome my dislike of both Gwyneth Paltrow and country music. Maybe I just like melodramatic movies with sad endings.
I also enjoyed the fact that this is more of an ensemble piece than a star vehicle for Gwyneth. It seemed as though the four principle cast members -- Paltrow as troubled country star Kelly Canter, Tim McGraw as her…
I guess Country music is best enjoyed live because I can't recall a film about it that's ever got my foot tapping.
This down right bored me.
2009's "Crazy Heart", was the story of an old country music singer (played by Jeff Bridges) whose personal problems prevent him from making a successful comeback. "Country Strong" features a similar story, but this time the singer is female.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Kelly Canter. She's a former country superstar whose career ended badly. She has a drinking problem and is trying to deal with a tragic event that changed her life forever. With the help of her husband/manager (Tim McGraw), Kelly returns to singing and goes back on tour, hoping to get back to the top.
"Gossip Girl"'s Leighton Meester plays Chiles Stanton, an up-and-coming singer who wants to be a star, and hopes to make it happen on Kelly's…
It was ok.
Tim McGraw neither sings nor puts on any airs of being a country star in a movie called Country Strong that is pretty much all about that. Gutsiest thing the person that made this thing did, and it's great. Too bad risk, which a number of things in the material could have lent itself to, wasn't a strong suit in play.
What remains are some strong interactions, and a few subtle, interesting character implications. A man so beat down by his wife's miscarriage, the ruin of his family ideal, that he strips his life down to firm controllables, while she, an alcoholic, has numbed the past to survive the present but to find herself pained by the cold person he's become. The sunset of love. Sharp.
Still, a rough ending. Yeah, it's in key, as per the above, but for a movie that isn't really styled for intellectual appeal, bleak.
Would have preferred the focus was on Beau and Chiles. The tiny bit of backstory we got on her sounded like it would have made a much more interesting film.
Maybe it's just because I can't watch Paltrow without wanting to punch the screen but all her stuff just seemed very vague and not that well thought out.
Great soundtrack though.
An interesting story of a country star going through her own personal hell, ruined by unnecessary relationship drama and brooding men with cow boy hats.
Honestly, this wasn't a great film, but I could see some potential under alllllll the blah. The last 30 minuets were the only parts I enjoyed, partly because it was almost over, but mostly because it dropped the idea of every character having an achy-breaky heart and focused on building interesting drama from honest places of fear, grief, and hope for an uncertain future.
I'm actually surprised country music based movies aren't more of a trend. Hopefully if someone else tries to take up this sub-sub-genre they will do it with a little less reverence and a little more of a sense of humour.
I'm going to be honest, the only reason I watched this movie is because a million years ago I somehow saw a clip of Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund singing "Give In To Me" from this movie, and I have loved that song ever since. The song is sexy, their chemistry in the clip in undeniable, and they both have great voices. (Leighton's album is one of my faves - she's great!) So because of that, I was curious to see what the movie was like.
I wish it was just about their characters, because I didn't really care about the drama Gwyneth Paltrow's character went through, over and over. It was just soooo overdramatic, right til the end. I…
You know, this has to be one of my favorite movies. At first it seems like it's going to be really cheesey, but it's actually a bit dark. I'm not a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow as a person, but I sure do like her acting. Her singing is also lovely, but I think the best singers in this movie were Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund. Not a big fan of Tim McGraw in this movie. It could have been his character...or I don't know. Anyway, I do really love this movie. I do adore Leighton too! And obviously, Garrett is up there on my crushes. I mean, I may be going through a chad micheal murray phase, but he doesn't beat Garrett!
Film 142 of Project365, a project in which I watch a new film every day for a year.
Weak performances in a ridiculous storyline. The film was just fluff with drama underneath.
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