Writer-director Shana Feste (The Greatest) has the misfortune of shepherding a Country music project a year after Jeff Bridges earned his first Academy Award in Scott Cooper’s Crazy Heart. The authenticity of the hard-knock life as a singer-songwriter bent every note in Cooper’s film, which kept it perfectly in tune. But Country Strong tries to glitz the arrangement up into a Country Pop piece, and the results are barely radio worthy.
Interestingly enough, the single notable exception would be the singing and the performance of Garrett Hedlund and not that of the more celebrated headliner Gwyneth Paltrow.
It’s just too
bad that the rest of the film plays to the big Pop drama — the
drugs, the sex and the stints in celebrity rehab before the
marketable return to the game — that would be fodder for a Bravo
reality series. Grade: D-plus
Opens Jan. 7. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.