Unfinished Song (2013)
Critic Consensus: It's unabashedly sentimental, but thanks to reliably powerful performances from a well-rounded veteran cast, Unfinished Song proves a sweetly compelling character piece.
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Critic Reviews for Unfinished Song
The crescendo of two resonant careers makes the false notes of "Unfinished Song" forgivable.
Shamelessly sentimental, cute to a fault, but the acting is first-rate.
The gentle story of a marriage, and of how music can help make a broken heart whole again.
Unfinished Song is full of predictably poignant moments; you'd be lucky to survive the film dry-eyed.
Audience Reviews for Unfinished Song
Like a mug of tea on a cold day.
While Marion(Vanessa Redgrave) goes to choir practice led by Elizabeth(Gemma Arterton), Marion's husband Arthur(Terence Stamp) spends his retirement either at home or hanging out with his friends at the pub. Just as the choir is getting ready for competition, Marion's cancer returns. Instead of trying to go through the rigors of chemotherapy again, she decides to concentrate on the choir... Aside from its saccharine plot, "Song for Marion" already has a couple of strikes going against it. First, its major attempts at humor come from seniors singing age-inappropriate songs. Plus, the world is really not ready for a super-perky Gemma Arterton. At the same time, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Eccleston are both very good in support. That brings us to Terence Stamp who carries and grounds the movie at the same time with his sensitive, yet tough, performance.
Don't think I'd have much to say about this movie, hopefully. Last time I said that was with O Brother, Where Art Thou? and I wrote a long ass review. But I digress, this is a pretty good movie with a good cast. It is a little sentimental, but thankfully the film has enough good stuff in it that the sentimentality isn't really that bothersome, not like it was in Instructions not Included. And I liked the fact that the movie wasn't as melodramatic as you'd have thought given the synopsis. So I appreciate the fact that the film didn't really try to manipulate your emotions. Well, other than the climactic moment of the film, which is Terrence Stamp's solo during the choir's performance. It's not exactly manipulative in the traditional sense, but it was designed to get the tears rolling, tears of happiness at seeing this cantankerous old man finally overcoming every obstacle in front of him, some of these by his own doing. The songs are also well-done and fun, though I think the film could've used more. But I'm not complaining, the movie's certainly still good. I can't believe I kept this as short as I did. Regardless this is a good film with a great cast and some sensitive direction help keep this film from being nauseatingly sentimental.
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