Forrest Gump says, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna’ get.” Indie movies can be like that. But, for Wild Rose, I can remove all the mystery for you. You will get more Scottish brogue than you can handle, AND some absolutely terrific country music. Wait! How can a girl from Glasgow sing country? Every bit as good as in A Star Is Born! With original songs and others by Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, Chris Stapleton, and Hank Snow, this is must-hear for country music lovers. I give Wild Rose 4 gavels and it receives a 93% Rotten Tomatoes score with an 88% Audience rating.
As in American Woman, Rose, just out of prison, is not much of a mom. Certain that she is the only person in Great Britain who understands country music, she is likewise sure that she should be American. Literally caught singing while doing housework, her employer offers to help. Rose’s mother tell her to give up her dream and take responsibility for her kids. So, which will it be, country music superstar, or mother of the year?
To let you in on secret, Jessie Buckley (Rose) is really Irish. That aside, she has an amazing voice. For Amazon members, she starred in The Last Post. You will recognize her mother, acted by Julie Walters, seen in Paddington 2, Mary Poppins Returns, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Likewise, for her employer-benefactor, Sophie Okonedo, seen in Hotel Rwanda and The Secret Life of Bees.
At a minimum, write this one on your to-do list. Just remember to turn on captioning so you won’t miss the dialogue. Her country music twang is spot-on, so no problem there. Fighting With My Family was based on a true story; this seems so real that you wait for those words at the end. Hint: It’s not. An added bonus for country music lovers is Rose’s trip to Nashville and The Grand Old Opry. Just don’t expect this to be too tidy, life takes some turns. Like Pavarotti and opera, country music is not my first choice. After Wild Rose, it is climbing up the charts!