Monday, February 07, 2011


COUNTRY STRONG is a country musical drama with a weird cast. Gwyneth Paltrow is actually pretty good as the washed-up alcoholic singer trying to revive her career. Her acting carries much of the film, and her singing is more than passable. Tim McCraw as her husband/manager is also good, although it's odd that he's in a non-singing role in a musical.

The big problems with the film are the script, which is cliched and predictable, and Garrett Hedlund who plays the young lover and country singer. Strangely, he is not a country singer but has the most on camera time. He does not have the range as an actor to rise above the mediocre script.

It's a shame, a better script with the better cast members would have really raised this movie above the level of forgettable. The film barely got a release and almost no publicity.
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