Wild Rose Review

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“When you’re a little kid, you don’t see the future. If you have a good parent, your parent sees the future for you.” These were the words spoken by Giannis Antetokounmpo—the NBA’s newly crowned MVP. These words hold true for any and every good parent. But what if that parent isn’t the good type of parent. A parent who’s selfish and only thinks about themselves. Well, you get the premise of Tom Harper’s Wild Rose. But what kind of film do we get with Wild Rose?

We get an amazing drama that leaves you feeling like you can conquer the world. Wild Rose is excellent from start to finish.

Wild Rose follows Rose-Lynn, a Scottish woman with dreams of going to Nashville and becoming a country music star. Unfortunately, reality hits her when she has to come to the decision of her life: Become a mother to her two young kids or follow her dreams to Nashville.

Wild Rose - Jessie Buckley

Although it may not seem like it, Wild Rose is a deep, deep film. It’s the kind of film where you reflect on it and ask yourself the film’s most important question: What is most important that you’re willing to give up? In Wild Rose‘s case, Rose-Lynn’s dilemma comes from the decision to give up her dreams or her kids. This dilemma drives the film and Rose’s fantastic character arc.

At first, you really dislike her and her cavalier and bratty attitude. This is especially true when it comes to her kids. When you’re a parent, there are certain sacrifices you must make to take care of your kids. You hear stories of NBA players paying homage to their parent(s) because of all the sacrifices they made to support their kids. Rose is not that kind of parent. The film doesn’t shy away from these problems and the film benefits from it.

At the same time, you can’t blame her either. It doesn’t matter who you are, a dream is something that one can’t easily let go. But her selfish attitude just comes off in the wrong way. Regardless, this conflict of interest does add to the drama in the film. But it also leads to a lot of feel-good moments too. Every single heartwarming moment comes from the film’s theme of sacrifice.

Needless to say, Rose’s journey is a rollercoaster ride. When you think it’s slowing down, the film throws you in for a loop. That’s where some of the fun comes from. Yet the film does have its predictable moments. There will be several times where things will become too predictable. After all, most feel-good films follow a similar type of formula.

Wild Rose - Jessie Buckley

If you’re not a country music fan as I am, don’t be put off by the country music. That’s where the other half of the fun comes from. I admit I’m not a country music fan at all. However, the original music is something that will appeal to everyone. Jessie Buckley has an incredible voice that shines with all the songs she sings.

However, the film does suffer from some weird pacing issues. There are times where the film goes through what I call the “Return of the King” effect. What’s the “Return of the King” effect you ask? Well, it’s basically where you think that the film is going to end, only for the film to continue on. That happens several times in this film.

Jessie Buckley is absolutely stellar in this film. She carries the film on her back and takes you on a ride. Not only does she show a wide emotional range but she’s charismatic in the role as well. Sure, you may dislike her but she’ll grow on you. Julie Walters also shines in this film as well. She brings a lot of emotion and motherly love for her performance. She’s the kind of mother that you just want to hug.

Overall, Wild Rose is a stellar drama that’ll make you cheer and cry. Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters give such passionate and emotional performances that it carries the entire film. In the end, you’ll feel like you can achieve your dreams and be the king or queen of the world.

Rating: 4/5 atoms

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