Hearts Beat Loud

After so many Music/Drama genre combos having come down the pike this past decade, you’d think there’d be a formula for them: an 11 song album of a pretend Irish band on itunes, the remaking of classic hits from a band like ABBA by movie stars like Meryl Streep, etc. I guess I was skeptical and waiting to see what this one would do. There were only 4 original songs in it. The title-sake song is amazing, the other three are more or less throwaways. Still, the usage and placement of these songs is highly effective and the film’s plot is written quite well also.

Hearts Beat Loud (2018) PG-13 | 1h 37min | Drama , Music | 8 June 2018 (USA) A father and daughter form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for college. Director: Brett Haley Writers: Brett Haley, Marc Basch Stars: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Blythe Danner

The director is known for “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (2015) and “The Hero” (2017). He’s clearly “in the pocket” creating a film a year or thereabouts. This is a touching film about a father and adult daughter going to college trying to start a band together. I thought the writing was excellent and the director was also the writer.

Middle-aged dads should see it. I’ll leave that there. Beyond that, it’s great for anyone looking for a relationship film (It’s quite touching) with some really grooving music. While speaking of the music, there is a long list in the credits of alt rock music used in the film. I will be seeking out that playlist and/or making one! Small budget films that focus on people are what it’s all about for me, I see nothing to criticize about this one. 10/10.

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