"Country Strong" is kind of weak
by Nathan Orians
Jan 12, 2011 | 2305 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Do you ever wonder how Hollywood comes up with ideas for movies? I think people probably just sit around in a room and throw ideas around: “How about a movie about a country singer at the tail end of their career.” “Yeah that’s good, add drug abuse and we got our selves a film.” In fact it was such a good idea that the movie had to be made twice.

First came Jeff Bridges’ “Crazy Heart” (2009), but that clearly wasn’t enough. The movie needed to be redone. In our age of gender equality, Gwyneth Paltrow remade the movie with her spin on it. This time it features a female country singer…with more or less the same story.

“Country Strong” hit the big screen last week, and while it isn’t an exact copy of “Crazy Heart,” its pretty close. Where “Country Strong” deviates from the other film is in its plot line, which focuses on Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester.

Hedlund and Meester play two young country artists on their trek towards stardom. The two become the opening acts for Paltrow’s tour. Joined by Tim McGraw, playing Paltrow’s husband and agent, The four navigate their way through love triangles (is it a love square if four people are involved?).

A few things to ask yourself before you commit your hard earned cash to seeing this movie: Do you like country music? Are you a patient person? And finally, do you have any expectations about Gwyneth Paltrow? I tend to think Paltrow is a great actress but to be honest she kind of flopped on this one, but the supporting cast isn’t bad.

I am not a huge fan of country music, and this movie has a lot of it: at least 30 minutes of performances in the movie. Even if you are a country music fan I can’t guarantee that you’ll like the movie.

This movie is almost two hours long and pretty slow in getting to the end. If you aren’t up for the pace, if you aren’t feeling patient, seeing “Country Strong” is really a toss up.

Rating: (2.5/5)
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