songtosong

In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

songtosongbluStudio: Broad Green Pictures
Year: 2017
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Run time: 129 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Region: A

The film is mostly about a couple of musicians who fall for each other and their captivating connection. Betrayal, infidelity, and other humanly circumstances get in the way of their relationship but then they eventually drift apart and find their way to each other. First off, this film has an excellent cast. The four of the top billed cast are immensely talented and this film has a number of satisfying musical cameos. Just like with Tree of Life and Knight of Cups the film uses camera-work that is shifty, montage-like, personal, and with quick cuts. There is use of fish-eye lens, first person, behind the head shots, you name it. The cinematography at times is absolutely gorgeous; the film is as close to visual art as you can get. And this is no surprise because its quintessential Malick.

Narrative structure of the film is coherent despite the cutting and style of storytelling. Its not at ll hard to follow and I was engaged from the get go, it comes down to personal taste. I can imagine a casual moviegoer to get frustrated with the structure and lack of straightforward progression. I found the intricacies of the interactions between the characters so fascinating and thought there was real compatibility between the cast members. I love Rooney Mara so much and her beauty was so crisp in every scene she was in. The characters in this film experience a range of human emotions throughout and its a wonder to behold.

Movie Content: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. This is yet another spectacular release from Broad Green Pictures to present a demo quality experience. Colors are vivid and provide impressive depth that pops off of the screen. The use of colors really makes this a visual experience even worth checking out if you are not interested in the film. Black levels are deep and inky. This is a very film like experience that looks fantastic in high definition. With such a wonderful presentation on Blu-ray, the romantic comedy of ‘Song to Song’ really explodes into your living room.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Just like the image quality being impressive, the audio is right up there providing a nice mix of dialogue and soundtrack comedic mix in the soundfield. I was very impressed as to how dynamic sound effects and the soundtrack were presented in the soundfield. There are plenty of panning effects that will catch the viewer’s attention almost immediately. Dialogue is channeled through the center with no apparent issues as the audio was clean and crisp.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • The Music Behind the Movie

Special Features: 2/10

The Final Word

I highly recommend this movie. It’s a “lay on the couch with your significant other eating popcorn and drinking your favorite beverage style of movie that will make you laugh with a nice sprinkle of light comedy and romance.
Overall Rating: 8/10