I was itching to hear some great bootscootin’ music but, alas, it was not in the script. There were only a few minutes of upbeat singing and dancing.
It was a sad movie for the most part. Gwyneth Paltrow plays an alcoholic singer with a tragic past of miscarrying, which her husband/manager(Tim McGraw) cannot seem to forget or forgive. It is relationship angst and addiction mixed in with beautiful song lyrics, but there are a couple of scenes where Paltrow’s inate sweetness shines through her character.
However, I cannot say that “Country Strong” is country wrong. The writer and director nailed country to perfection: love, alcoholism, despair, and hope. You just have to like seeing people at their worst and being unable to rise above it. The subplot of the love story between the two new singers, played by Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester, on tour with Gwyneith Paltrow’s falling star Kelly Canter is touching but predictable.
The script supervisor totally blew its continuity in the car scene where Paltrow’s head is lying on the lap of Meester in the backseat. At first, Paltrow’s coat is on; then her blue blouse, then her coat, then her blouse, etc. Not cool.
My rating: 3.0 stars.