Country Strong is a story about a successuful country singer, Kelly Canter, who just had enough of it. Having just recovered after her infamous breakdown, she goes on a new tour, along with rising stars Beau Hatton and Chiles Stanton, in a hope to repair her crumbling career and find some stability in life. These three and Kelly’s husband James, who is also her manager, are engaged in a complicated emotional relationship, and sometimes let the feelings get the best of them, which eventually leads to a painful resolution.
This film surpassed my expactations by turning out quite unsimple. The story is not at all stereotypical: all the primary characters are interesting, complex personalities, and relationship between them is far from being a banal love quadrangle as one would expect from a movie almost entirely dedicated to country music. The story of Kelly, who got lost after achieving fame and success, and failed to find a proper way out, is not only touching, but truthful and completely unhackneyed; it is designed and implemented in the most sutle manner. The affection that grows eventually between Beau and Chiles (where do they get those names, by the way?) looks natural to me; there are no signes of any forcing, it just blooms like, it seems, would’ve in life.
The finale is a little predictable, that might be true, but all in all, it’s a decent and powerful story implemented on a very high professional level, with lots of great music, and healthy emotional charge. It was enjoyable experience; the kind I would gladly recommend to anyone.
Released in: 2010
Directed by: Shana Feste
Written by: Shana Feste
Performed by: Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw, Marshall Chapman, Lari White, Jeremy Childs, J.D. Parker, Lisa Stewart, Jackie Welch, Cinda McCain, Gabe Sipos, Sandra Harris, Megan Henderson, Dan Beene
Entertaining quality: 5- out of 5
Art quality: 5- out of 5
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