Jul 292017
 

I can’t stress at how much I loathed Song to Song. I’ve seen plenty of bad movies, but none of them have had me in so much pain to sit through since, well, Malick’s To the Wonder, with only a few very minor redeeming values with the performances by a talented cast.

 

 

Song to Song
(2017)

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Broad Green | R – 129 min. – $38.99 | July 4, 2017

Date Published: 07/29/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Writer(s): Terrence Malick (written by)
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Holly Hunter, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, Lykke Li, Cate Blanchett
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurette
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video (4K): 2160p/Widescreen 2.39
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: HEVC / H.265 (4K), MPEG-4 AVC (BD)
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE — 0.5/5


Plot Synopsis: In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples – struggling songwriters Faye (ROONEY MARA) and BV (RYAN GOSLING), and music mogul Cook (MICHAEL FASSBENDER) and the waitress whom he ensnares (NATALIE PORTMAN) – chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

Quick Hit Review: *Stares off into the distance* *Lowers head looking downward* *Reaches out for her hand. Lets it go* “We thought we could just roll and tumble, live from song to song, kiss to kiss.” Bleh.

As with The New World and To the Wonder before, there’s plenty of talent with this go around includes Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and honestly, if not to a wretched and aimless screenplay, all four give half-decent performances especially considering what they had to worth with, though the highlights were Mara and even Portman. Oh, and Kilmer’s brief appearance pushed this from a 0 to 0.5 as he goes takes a chainsaw, on stage at a concert, and tears apart a speaker before being led away. I’d say that was scripted but something tells me that might’ve been true-to-life.

Like To the Wonder, there are some great actors in supporting roles like Holly Hunter playing Portman’s mother and Cate Blanchett as Gosling’s bounce-back girlfriend following a break-up, not to mention cameos from a variety in the music biz: Iggy Pop, Flea, Patti Smith, Chad Smith and Lykke Li, the latter having a bigger role as Mara’s bounce-back romance…

Going in, I kind of knew what I was in for with Terrence Malick’s latest opus, Song to Song. It would be two hours following characters we neither care for nor really get to know, overlaid with clichéd narration/voice over and a sense of dread that this dreck is over two hours long. I was literally writhing in pain, cursing the screen just praying for the torture to end. No hyperbole. I hated just about every second this movie.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5


This release comes with a semi-glossy slip cover. The only feature included is The Music Behind the Movie (2:01; HD) featurette.

 


4K VIDEO – 5.0/5, BLU-RAY – 4.5/5


Well, if there was one positive thing I could say about Song to Song, this 4K transfer from Broad Green does look pretty damn good. The 2160p Ultra High Definition picture, shown in its original 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio, offers excellently sharp detail but where it stands out is with the bright colors which shine nicely through even if HDR is not included. The Blu-ray’s 1080p transfer also looks great providing much of the same colors and detail though I did notice some minor banding.

4K/BD AUDIO – 4.0/5


Sorry audio junkies, no Atmos or DTS:X tracks here. Both the 4K and Blu-ray discs are accompanied with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks and, frankly, it’s more than satisfactory when you consider the vast bulk of the movie is dialogue-driven with some music thrown in, but even in those instances, the depth isn’t the greatest. Still, the dialogue coming from the center speaker is crisp and clean and there are some ambient noises, as well as side voices that makes some usage of the front and rear channels.

 


OVERALL – 1.5/5


Overall, I can’t stress at how much I loathed Song to Song. I’ve seen plenty of bad movies, but none of them have had me in so much pain to sit through since, well, Malick’s To the Wonder, with only a few very minor redeeming values with the performances by a talented cast. This 4K release does at least have incredible video, solid audio though the solo feature was thin.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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