Blu-ray Review: MY OWN LOVE SONG

J.C. De Leon

by: J.C. De Leon
July 12th, 2011

The writer/director of the great French film LA VIE EN ROSE takes a crack at an American story set in the South about a wheelchair-bound country singer and her best friend. It’s got an amazing cast and even features original music by American music legend Bob Dylan. Surely, this is a film to be celebrated, considering all the pieces it has making up the whole. Sadly, Olivier Dahan appears to be out of his element in this film and instead has made something akin to a made-for-television Lifetime Channel film instead of a quality drama.

The story centers on Jane (Renee Zellweger) and her friend Joey (Forest Whitaker). Jane is a former singer whose life has been put on hold ever since a car accident left her wheelchair-bound. Joey is her stuttering friend who believes there’s an invisible world he can talk to and is constantly trying to get Jane to start reliving her life. One day after getting into some trouble with the law, Joey convinces Jane to accompany him on a trip to New Orleans where they encounter more than a few obstacles on the way.

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It’s not that the film is a bad one, because it absolutely isn’t. It just doesn’t seem to live up to the expectation that’s going to be given to it considering the other work the director has done, and considering the cast that in this film. Besides the main characters, MY OWN LOVE SONG stars Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Madeline Zima. The film may be worth a rental if the pieces here are enough to pique your interest.

As a Blu-ray, this is certainly lacking in just about everything. There is only a small behind-the-scenes featurette, but there could have at least been a feature on the music Bob Dylan created for the film, sadly there is not. Official list of extras are listed below.

Official list of extras:

-My Own Love Song Behind the Scenes

Movie Grade: C+
Extras Grade: F++

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