A text message came across my cell phone last Friday evening with the blessing of a couple of free tickets to the movie, The Song, that opened last weekend. Loving to go to the movies, but with my hubby with an already planned-out college football Saturday, I invited my neighbor to join me. She had the flu. So I went by myself.
The story is of an aspiring singer—songwriter Jed King who is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father when he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival. Jed meets the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose, and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart. (www.thesongthemovie.com)
The Song is heavy on drama and music. His life and marriage do fall apart with the infamous other woman, drugs, booze, and stereotypical life-on-the-road situations. Though much is implied, the film-makers don’t show, nor glorify, the ‘acting out’ of such. Classy move. We get it without showing it.
Though it is marketed as a date night film similar to FireProof, I disagree with the comparison. It is definately an adult movie. There is actual cheating and drug use involved in this movie, not just disallusionment and disappointment. There is also repentance, hope, and the start of restoration. Marriage is hard, ongoing work. Temptation comes in the areas of our giftedness.
The scenery is beautiful, the cast is perfect, the music is moving, and the narration from the Song of Solomon scriptures thread throughout. I’m still processing it in my head. It’ll certainly begin a conversation or two.
“He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.” Song of Solomon 2:4