Hearts Beat Loud

July 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Posted in 2018 | Leave a comment
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After the sort of week that can make cynics out of dreamers, this lovely film was just the antidote I needed last Saturday. It reminded me that the world is mostly filled with human beings who just want to live and love and tell stories about those things. This is the very sweet, and very ordinary, story of girl going off to college and her father closing down his business and how they both deal with those changes. Everything about this film worked for me. This is director Brett Haley’s 4th film (I quite enjoyed his film “Hero” from last year) and he shows a deft hand at managing complex emotions and getting strong performances from his actors. It doesn’t hurt that he has such a great cast. Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”) is perfect as the father who is losing two things at once. He portrays the heartbreak and humor in a way that feels exactly right. Kiersey Clemons plays his daughter. She is the type of actor who might look vaguely familiar to you, because she has played recurring roles in so many tv shows (“Extant,” “Transparent”, and “Angie Tribeca,” to name just a few). She also made a splash in the terrific 2015 movie, “Dope.” She is fantastic here and plays off Offerman perfectly. She also does all of her own singing in the film and has a stunning voice. The songs, written by Keegan DeWitt, felt exactly right for the vibe of the story. This film probably won’t win any awards and, sadly, it won’t be seen by many people. But I loved every single minute of it. It feels like the perfect antidote for an old cynic like me.

 

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