Flash Movie Review: The Music Never Stopped

Music has such an intoxicating affect on me when I am listening to it. There are certain songs that contain the memories of my joy and pain in their musical notes. A particular song will come on the car radio and my heart will deflate, peeling a layer of sadness that floods into my bloodstream, reminding me of a painful breakup. I will be walking through a department store and hear the beginning notes of a song playing on the speaker system; a waterfall of joy cascades down on me like a sparkling waterfall as I remember the wonderful time I spent with a close friend. There is the famous quote, “Music has charms to sooth the savage breast,” though it is usually misquoted as beast. Well music can do that and a whole lot more as you will see in this touching dramatic movie. J.K. Simmons (Contraband, Juno) and Cara Seymour (Gangs of New York, An Education) played Henry and Helen Sawyer, the parents to their estranged son Gabriel, played by Lou Taylor Pucci (The Story of Luke, Beginners). When it is discovered Gabriel had a brain tumor that prevented him from forming any current memories, his parents sought a way they could somehow reconnect to the son they had not seen for so many years. The first thing that grabbed me in this film was the acting of J.K. Simmons. He had always been a solid actor in a multitude of supporting roles, but it was great to watch him take this lead role and bring life to it. Of course to have music be part of the narrative was a big bonus at least for me. Speaking of the plot, I became enthralled with it since it was based on a true story. Getting Julia Osmond (My Week with Marilyn, Legends of the Fall) to play musical therapist Dianne Daley was a wonderful addition that balanced out the rest of the cast. The story already had built in emotional elements to it, which the director used to his advantage. I was aware of the manipulation and pulling of heart strings but I did not care. The mind’s capabilities was something that has always fascinated me. Seeing how it could be affected by music in this touching film only made me enjoy watching the movie that much more. I would not be surprised if I added a new memory to one of the songs from this film’s wonderful soundtrack.


3 stars — DVD


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 22, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Another film I placed in my queue. I appreciate the suggestion!

  2. Nice review. There is a book by Oliver Sacks called “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat” about brain traumas where he talks about music creating a connection for people that have no short term memory. Worth a read

    • Thank you so much for the heads up on this book. I will put it down on my list because this movie really intrigued me. I appreciate you coming by to tell me, thank you again.

  3. You are the first person who has described to a tee the effect music has on me. A song can stir emotions within me from the first strains that can set the mood for my day, inspire me to try something new or plummet me into deep melancholy. It truly is a brain trigger. I always loved the song “Angie Baby” by Helen Reddy. My Mom said it reminded her of me because I was always glued to a radio. I look forward to catching this movie. Thanks.

    • I am thrilled to hear there is someone who gets the same effect from music; thank you so much for telling me. Songs are just an audible photograph to me. I hope you get to see this movie and I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks again.

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