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WILD ROSe: the stuff of classic country tuneS

This tale of heartache, honky-tonkin’ and hard-won redemption.

By  Christy Lemire

June 21, 2019

It’s also the stuff of every movie about an underdog who dreams of music stardom, with its hardscrabble origins, a raw talent, inner demons and a final triumph upon a glittering stage.

But “Wild Rose” trashes those tropes and repeatedly upends your expectations of how a film like this is supposed to play out -- how it should look, how it should sound. It also has the benefit of an electrifying, star-making performance in Irish actress Jessie Buckley. As the title character, she is truly wild in all the best and worst possible ways: unfiltered and unpredictable, manic and magnetic, a charmer and a child. But while director Tom Harper gives Buckley the opportunity to take over the screen and mesmerize us, he also knows well enough to sit back and watch and listen during the quiet moments. When Buckley’s Rose allows herself to be vulnerable, to expose herself to the uncomfortable revelations that come with introspection, it can be as powerful as when she’s belting out a song from the heart.

Irish actress  Jessie Buckley  as the title character gives us an electrifying, star-making performance in Wild Rose.

Irish actress Jessie Buckley as the title character gives us an electrifying, star-making performance in Wild Rose.

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Originally published at : https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/wild-rose-2019


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