Country Strong [Blu-ray]
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Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Gwyneth Paltrow), the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (Tim McGraw) and featuring a beauty queen-turned-singer (Leighton Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 16338580
- Director : Shana Feste
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 57 minutes
- Release date : April 12, 2011
- Actors : Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French, English
- Studio : Sony
- ASIN : B003UESJ9W
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Tim McGraw was perfect as the heavy-handed yet emotional manager / husband and showed so much emotion just in his eyes or his face, without a word being said. It was incredible. And even though the story had some terrible endings, it had a happy ending too. I won't say anything more so as not to give away the storyline, but no wonder I like to see it again and again.
A few words about the cast. I won't comment on the characters, so as to not give any of the plot away, but I will discuss the actors/actresses. Tim McGraw - it's really hard to not like Tim - he just has a natural charisma about him, no matter what kind of person the character he plays is. Gwyneth Paltrow - the movie's main character - she's tremendously talented, as her many accolades attest to, and SHE SINGS - no voice-overs or lip synching in this movie!!! Leighton Meester - I would consider her the converse of Gwyneth in this movie, in that Gwyneth is a great actress who can sign well, Leighton is a very good singer who can act well. I really like Leighton in this movie; she got to flex her acting skills more in the movie than any other in which I've seen her, especially the ability to show vulnerability in a very convincing way. Garrett Hedlund - in my humble opinion, Garrett stole the show! He can not only act well (also showing genuine vulnerability), he can sing country music as well as anybody out there. (As I watched the movie the first time, I wondered whose voice Garrett was lip synching over, only to learn that he was actually doing the singing himself!) Apart from the solo's in the movie, he and Leighton did a duet of the first half of Garth Brooks' Friends in Low Places, which I really, really like (no disrespect to Garth - he's a legend - but his version is a bit two twangy for me in how he sings it). Unfortunately, this song does not appear on either of the two soundtracks; despite that, this movie is a treasure trove of great songs.
One bit of warning: this is not a glitz at the top of show business, rah rah, feel-good type of movie. It has some really good acting and very good singing/music in it, and the plot moves very well. However, at its core, it is a serious movie that reflects on some of life's greatest joys and most painful realities.
In sum, I loved this movie - one of my all-time favorites. If you get it, I hope you will enjoy it as well!
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The story twists and turns, partners are swapped, and it culminates in the final concert.
The music is fabulous, a mix of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and LeeAnn Womack but the stars also sing and Paltrow not only acts the part excellently but her voice is fantastic. A great film, but for anyone into modern country, a must see.