Release Date: September 26, 2014
Reviewed By: Michelle C. Danko
Genre: Romantic Drama
Our Rating: 18+
Starring: Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, and Caitlyn Nicol-Thomas.
Filmmaker: Richard Ramsey
Production Company: City of a Hill
Loaded with scripture, The Song is the story of King Solomon with a modern day twist. Some have touted that The Song is the most romantic date night movie ever. I say that it is not only insightful, but a realistic portrayal of what can happen in life when God is not our focus. It brings common struggles to light, and portrays them honestly. It is a movie that has incredible depth and a powerful message… if you listen closely.
The Song opens with David King (said to represent King David), who is a legendary musician falling for another man’s wife. Like King David, he is captivated by Bethany’s beauty and he falls into sexual sin. His sin had consequences resulting in an unplanned pregnancy. Bethany’s husband finds out when he follows them to a clinic, and when her indiscretion is exposed, he commits suicide. Bethany and David soon marry, and Jed is born soon after.
David continues to play music and live the “rock star” lifestyle, and soon pays the price. He begins coughing blood and dies shortly after.
Jed, David’s son, follows in his father’s footsteps in terms of music, but lives in his father’s shadow. His music career is going nowhere, and his agent has informed him that his record label is dropping him. Searching for inspiration, he goes to a small town where he meets this beautiful woman, and its love at first sight. He comically asks her out in song, and then backpedals when he realizes that he failed to ask her father’s permission to court his daughter. The next scene is him asking her father, who appears to be very intimidating, in a room full of dead animals.
Jed quickly falls for Rose, and soon asks for her hand in marriage. It is about this time that Jed prays for wisdom, because wisdom, in his mind, would give him something to write about so that he could influence people. The two soon become married (both virgins), and settle into this idyllic marriage. Perfect from the beginning. While on their honeymoon, Jed writes a song to Rose called “The Song”, and his career skyrockets from there. Jed knows that God is with him.
Jed begins to live his dream, but quickly realizes that it’s not enough. He still feels empty. He misses his wife terribly while away, and when he returns he longs for intimacy. By now, they already have a young son, and she is exhausted. All she wants is romance, but somehow the two are getting their signals crossed. Jed quickly becomes frustrated at what he perceives as rejection, and Rose is tired of being “pawed” at. She wants to feel valued, and like a person instead of a possession. Tempers begin to run high.
Meanwhile, on stage he is paired with Shelby, who further enhances his career with her talents on the violin. Shelby is very talented, beautiful, worldly… and seductive. She makes her intentions known to Jed. Still smitten with his wife, Jed at first refuses her advances, but after the marriage begins to decay, Shelby starts looking pretty good.
Will Jed fall for Shelby or will he stay true to Rose? How far does Jed go before he repents and turns back to God? Will he realize his mistakes in time?
The Song contrasts living in God’s will, and living in the world. Jed had it all, and yet he was still unhappy. Happiness seemed to elude him. He thought that he could find it in wealth, and when that didn’t work, he looked at other things to fill the void. Only he found that it only destroyed him. The viewer clearly sees that the wages of sin is death, and gradually witnesses a marriage decay- from both perspectives. Neither Jed nor Rose is portrayed as the villain in this situation, but you see both parts to it. You see how quickly Satan plays on our insecurities and vulnerabilities, and the sheer timing of it to get us off course. It is so well-written, that you can identify with each of the characters, but the plot isn’t lopsided in so far as you favor one over the other. It is like you are watching a story and are involved in everyone’s perspective so that you can see that character A did something wrong here, and reaped what he sowed, but character B did this which was wrong too, and contributed to the situation. You truly get all sides in this story. It is a story, that even though it was based on King Solomon, it is true to life and relatable. It is more thought provoking over romantic, and leaves the viewer more appreciative of their spouse.
I would rate this movie a nine out of ten. I loved the storyline, it was beautifully told, relatable, and thought provoking. One of the best plots that I have seen, and I loved the fact that it was honestly told. I think that adds character to the movie. I liked the idea of courting and purity before marriage, and living a Godly life.
That being said, there was a lot of drinking, smoking, substance abuse, and adultery. That side of it was very dark, but necessary to the plot. It was a bit overdone, though, yet effective none the less.
Things to watch out for:
Drinking- several bar scenes throughout the plot. It opens with people drinking, and drinking indeed numbs the senses. It also led to destruction.
Smoking- Shelby smokes, and later, so does Jed.
Tattoos- both Shelby and Jed have tattoos and Shelby glamorizes it.
Substance Abuse- the gradual abuse of pills is seen about the middle of the movie.
Adultery- while no one is nude, there are several scenes where characters are covered in sheets, or on the bed after having sex. Adultery does occur.
The movie does, thankfully, show the results of living a life in the world, and how easily Christians can fall prey to temptation.