Music of the Heart Reviews
Based on a true story, however, you can't help but feel the movie is ignoring the glaring question. How do you get kids from East Harlem and the Bronx interested in the Violin? The film doesn't show much in the way of a battle to engage the kids. Even their behaviour is remarkably good most of the time. In fact, the only damage to a violin is perpetrated by her son during a tantrum.
The film also weakens itself by having a terribly written music teacher, Mr Rausch, who is simply there to be a pain.
The kids also display amazing intonation on their instruments.
But the film is still enjoyable enough and worth a look. Just don't eat any dairy before hand, as you don't want to over do it on cheese.
Predictable? Yes. Emotionally manipulative? Nearly. With that saying, I didn't love this movie. It was something I have seen in billions of other movies. However, it doesn't fail. This will please people or make them a bit annoyed. Wes Craven should stick to (better) horror films but with this, he makes it enjoyable.
Meryl Streep received her twelfth Oscar nomination for this role. In some aspects, I can see why she got it and agree. She doesn't make Roberta into a one-dimensional, whiny character. Streep makes her ordinary and passionate and also a person with flaws, which makes Streep extraordinary. At the same time, this isn't one of her strongest roles. Out of all of her Oscar nominations, I would say that this and Adaptation impressed me the least. It wasn't anything special. Nonetheless, she is the film's heart and soul. Angela Bassett is also strong here, more than I expected.
MUSIC OF THE HEART isn't a great film and forgettable but at the moment, you cant help but like it a little bit.