Music ★★

I’ll give it points for being heartfelt and expressive. I think it’s clear that Sia wants to say something positive. The problem is that the tone-deaf approach winds up constantly breaking up the momentum of a story that feels made up of elements from dozens of other films. I understand that a lot of people aren’t fond of Sia’s decision to cast a non-ASD person in the role of an ASD person, but I think the bigger problem with the film is the fact that her autism never actually ends up being important to the plot. It seems needless, particularly when the film is already overstuffed with fringe attributes. The movie ends up coming across as a Reader’s Digest summary of American social issues.

Also, as someone who likes Sia’s music, this is a pretty weak soundtrack overall. The singing is fine, but the songs lack direction.

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