My Own Love Song Reviews
Summary: Years after a life-changing car accident that left her paralyzed, a wheelchair-bound woman (Renée Zellweger) embarks on a cross-country journey to reconnect with her long-lost son, accompanied by a friend (Forest Whitaker) who won't let her wallow in self-pity. She used to be a singer, but lately, she's lost her voice. Maybe facing her emotional demons will bring music back into her life. Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) writes and directs.
My Thoughts: "I found it to be a beautiful but simple film. I am not a big fan of Renee Zellweger, but this is the first time I felt like she gave a honest performance. I enjoyed her singing as well. She has a nice voice. I liked how the audience was introduced to the two leads. It jumps right in to who these characters are. It's an artsy film. I liked the poetic commentary from Zellweger throughout the film. I also enjoyed the music as well, which I read that some or all was written by Bob Dylan specifically for the film. Forest Whitaker, I thought, did a fantastic job at playing schizophrenic Joey. He was loving, crazy, but sane all at once. It's a great road-trip film, with some really great characters along the way. For me the film was about dreams, friendship, and acceptance. I loved it. But I am sure it's not going to be a film for all. But do give it a chance."
A well intentioned, yet flawed examination of a woman's journey to reconnect with the son she gave up years earlier.
Renee Zellweger stars as a handicapped woman confined to a wheelchair. Along with a schizophrenic criminal (Forest Whitaker) she embarks on a road trip to Louisiana where the son she gave up for adoption is asking for her to attend his communion.
There are some nice enough moments, but the charatcters are stereoptypical and the script predicatable. Plus there is not really a full pay off in its resolution.