Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Song

The Song is inspired by the Song of Solomon but soon turns to Ecclesiastes. Scripture from both of Solomon's Books serves as a narrative as this modern telling of Solomon's life. That narrative is beautiful at times, poignant at others.

Jed King is a musician trying to find his own voice and passion which will help him escape the shadow of his father, David. Yes that makes him David King, and Jedediah is the name Nathan the prophet gave to Solomon and means "Beloved of the Lord," but the on-the-nose nature of the names is about as hokey as this one gets. The writing, cinematography and acting are all top notch. It's my hope the obvious names point many back to the Source.

Though the theme of adultery is prevalent, it is told with intelligence, discretion and creativity.

Jed, played by Alan Powell, falls for Rose (Song of Solomon 2:1), played by Ali Faulkner, but before he asks her out he gets permission from her father... in his den... surrounded by animals he's shot. Jed is courageous enough to start his relationship with Rose off on the right foot...

But the answer to his prayer for wisdom, empowering him to surpass his father's fame and influence, sets him up for long trips away from his new family. When he is paired with pop diva Shelby Bale, played by Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, he is led "to know madness and folly."

Joyce and I thought the way the film expertly showed the progressively lowering boundaries was a clarion call to keep boundaries around real life marriages strong and secure.

Powell is a member of the Christian band Anthem Lights. His scenes with Faulkner as his wife and Nicol-Thomas, who leads him into Ecclesiastes, are filled with chemistry. So much so, that if someone hadn't told me to watch for it I might have missed the fact that he honors his wife, Brycie, by never kissing either of his co-stars on the mouth.

Christians should know:
* Some violence and blood
* Substance abuse depicted
* Theme of adultery

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