One More Time DVD Review
“One More Time” is an unsatisfying indie film.
A struggling, but talented musician (Jude) needs a place to stay for awhile and so she decides to crash at her wealthy father’s (Paul) place where other family members tend to hang out. To no surprise whatsoever, Paul also happens to be a musician (although his glory days as a crooner are well behind him). Equally unsurprising is the fact that Jude and Paul have a rather strained relationship. During her stay, Jude has to try and get her life back on track while also trying to confront issues with her father and family.
“One More Time” is the type of anti-climactic and generally uneventful indie movie that drives me crazy. Instead of exploring interesting character dynamics or plots, the film meanders about as characters whine and talk for 90 minutes. It would be one thing if the main characters were likable, but they aren’t. Jude is a generally negative person who can’t seem to get it together while Paul is a self destructive father who sabotages his relationship. One would think the characters grow or worked through their issues, but we barely see any of that at all. The movie just ends before it can actually go anywhere.
What makes the dull characters even more aggravating is the fact that they are played by two superb actors (Christopher Walken and Amber Heard). Amber Heard is certainly trying her best here, but she can only do so much with the weak role. Walken looks pretty bored through most of it, but he comes alive during his song numbers.
Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? The film is mostly comprised of interior shots so it’s not the most visual film to look at but the transfer is adequate.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The track doesn’t have a ton to do here, but the music and dialogue are sharp throughout.
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