THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

MUSIC HEALS THE SOUL

THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

SYNOPSIS

Tale of a father who struggles to bond with his estranged son Gabriel, after Gabriel suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories

JOY’S REVIEW

The Music Never Stopped is based on a case study by Oliver Sachs ( who did Awakening), which is  based on a case study called the Last Hippie. J.K. Simmons plays a father who relates to his son via his music. During adolescence, father and son have a clash of values, resulting in the son disappearing for 20 years, and when the family finally rediscovers him, he’s had a brain tumor which is benign but has basically affected most of his brain, so he can’t really remember stuff. And the way back for both father and son seems to be through music even though the father initially tries it with his  music, then realizes he has to do it through the son’s music. So, I mean, it’s an appealing thought. J.K. Simmons is a terrific actor that — Lou Taylor Pucci is a terrific actor who is really absolutely compelling. And mom is played by Kara Seymour, whom I really didn’t know very well. She’s apparently a Brit, but is a nice actress. She really sort of anchors the production, and then Julie Ormand plays the musicologist, the doctor. So the idea is, can father and son find their way back to each other? My guess is you can figure out the answer to this. It is a surpassingly sweet movie, but the problem with this movie is the same problem with some other movies, you really want a charismatic lead. And I know that that sounds shallow, but again, it’s hard to watch a character who’s a good actor. It’s why character actors come on, do a little bit, and steal your heart, but they don’t work as well as leading men, and I think that’s true with JK Simmons. He’s a wonderful actor. He anchors his — whatever character he’s playing, but is he a leading man? I don’t think so. And while Lou Taylor Pucci is, I mean, he’s adorable and cute and has been in Jesus of Suburbia. I’ve actually met him. He’s actually a very charming man as well.  I just would have wanted this to be slightly better. It was a good movie. I wanted it to be a wonderful movie. I’ll give it three and a half stars.

JOY’S METER

1/2