Wild Rose

Movies, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
Wild Rose

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Jessie Buckley is on fire in this energized Glaswegian take on A Star is Born.

Review by Mark Salisbury

In contrast to Lady Gaga’s Ally in A Star Is Born, the wannabe singer at the center of this sparky and hugely likable zero-to-musical-hero country fable is frequently her own worst enemy. On parole, working-class Glaswegian single mom Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) is desperate to kickstart her dream of making it in Nashville, whatever the cost to family and friends. Country music, proclaims the stubborn singer, is “three chords and the truth”—a mantra she’s had tattooed on her arm. While blessed with talent and ambition, what she doesn’t have is the cash for a plane ticket. A job as a maid for Sophie Okonedo’s wealthy stay-at-home parent helps, but Rose-Lynn’s self-destructive tendencies—as evidenced by her fractious relationship with her own despairing mom (Julie Walters) and her two young children—keep getting in the way.

Buckley, so good in the serial-killer thriller Beast and HBO’s recent Chernobyl, is sensational here. A gifted singer-songwriter (she co-wrote most of the songs), her committed performance wrings every drop of raw emotion from her scrappy, flighty rebel in white cowboy boots and an electronic ankle tag. Director Tom Harper wisely stands back and lets his star shine. And she burns up the screen, whether singing or not. Walters and Okonedo offer fine support, while Nicole Taylor’s script is heartfelt and honest, striking few bum notes en route to a crowd-pleasing musical finale. You will cheer. You will cry. You may even tap your toes. The film is terrific, and Buckley remarkable. A star is born? More like a supernova.

By: Mark Salisbury



Release details

Release date:
Friday June 21 2019
100 mins

Cast and crew

Tom Harper
Nicole Taylor
Jessie Buckley
Julie Walters
Sophie Okonedo
Craig Parkinson