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Great performance from Jessie Buckley, both acting and performing. Also compelling movie - very realistic in the most important ways.
Wild Rose is Rose-Lynn, a Glasgow girl who has one passion, to get to Nashville and make it as a country singer. However she faces some serious obstacles including, living in Glasgow, having a prison record, no job and serious family complications. Despite the fact that Rose-Lynn will frustrate and anger you with her actions you will root for her. One of the best movies of the year with a star-making breakout performance by Jessie Buckley. Follows what should have been her breakout performance in Beast last year but sadly that film was in a very limited release. Wild Rose is not a musical but it has an outstanding soundtrack that meshes perfectly with character development and the story arc. Jessie sings all of the songs in the film, with raw passion and sensitivity. Glasgow, a song co-written by Mary Steenburgen should get an Oscar nom as should Jessie for Best Actress. Beautifully directed by Tom Harper (War and Peace, The Aeronauts) and cleverly written with layers, great dialogue and unexpected twists by Nicole Taylor (3 Girls). Co-stars the always wonderful Dame Julie Walters (Educating Rita, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins Returns) as Rose-Lynn's mom and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel, Rwanda, Dirty Pretty Things). The film has had rave reviews by critics and viewers alike and the very few so-so reviews still gush about Jessie's performance. A must-see. You will go through all levels of emotion but ultimately fall in love with Rose-Lynn. Guaranteed after seeing the film you will be checking Jessie's videos, interviews, past performances (Woman in White, War and Peace, Taboo, Chernobyl, Beast) and anxiously awaiting the five films that she has coming out in the next year.