Indie Gems: The Music Never Stopped

Author's Note: I'm going on vacation and may not have internet access. I hope you enjoy this Indie Gem, and I'll be back in early Sept! :)


Do you remember the first time you heard this song?
 
Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci) has been estranged from his parents, Henry and Helen (J.K Simmons and Cara Seymour) for over 20 years. One day they learn he has fallen ill. He has a brain tumor that essentially prevents him from having any short term memories. Music has always played a huge part in Gabriel's life. His dad brought him up on it, he played it, and it's one of his musical shows that is the catalyst for him leaving home. They start to use music as therapy to help Gabriel remember more. It brings Henry and Gabriel closer together and helps mend their difficult relationship.
 
It's nice to see J.K Simmons front and center. He constantly steals scenes with his smaller parts in films, so it's nice to see him take the lead here. He was absolutely perfect. Lou Taylor Pucci continues his streak of great performances in independent films. He's one actor I'm surprised hasn't done more mainstream work. Maybe he's not looking for it. The bond between Henry and Gabriel is really something else. As the music plays, Henry softens up, and a smile illuminates Gabriel's face. They share plenty of tender moments, and needless to say. I completely cried like a baby during one point in this film.
 
Grade: A
 
Memorable Quote: "Time flies when you don't have a brain." - Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci)
 


4 comments:

  1. I really like J.K. Simmons, and I've been wanting to see this movie for a while. Thanks for the great review.

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  2. Great review! This sounds like a tearjerker that I *have* to see.

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  4. Also, I absolutely love this movie. I reviewed it back I think February and was surprised at how good it is. JK Simmons is phenomenal and his role in this is perfect for him. Great review.

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