There's something about a story that starts as a tragedy. That potential build up of emotion - that you know will make the ending all the more sweeter. Rather, you hope it does. Even the person who has never written a script, understands that without the pain there can be no fortune or inspiration. Without something to lose there is no way to grow. No way to inspire. This is the heart of "Your Song" from writer, director Amir Shehata. Those feelings of loss, hope and eventual elation. "Your Song" performs admirably if not uniquely. This is a story you've seen before, yet that doesn't make it any less potent.
In "Your Song" music has been the driving force of Grace's life forever it seems. One of the moments she's been working for her entire life is finally upon her - when the unthinkable happens. She goes deaf. Making matters worse is the fact there is no way to help her. Hearing aids will not work, surgery is not an option. Naturally, what follows is a period of depression. Any of us could relate - even if music wasn't our thing in life. Going deaf is a scary thought. No question.
For the remainder of the film, we follow along as Grace struggles and then gives up. As I wrote above, we've all seen this story before. The introduction to the characters, the event itself, followed by depression until finally... some form of happy resolution. I use the term happy loosely, as the instigating event is never fixed. However, just as we'd expect, Grace overcomes and the film attempts to inspire it's viewers. That attempt works well, as "Your Song" is inspiring to watch. Sometimes you don't need a completely new concept to do a job well. Amir Shehata and the cast/crew of this film prove that.
One thing "Your Song" does surprisingly well, is it's ability to leave very little to pick at technically. Although the poster art is deceptively simple, and this film doesn't have much of an online presence, the movie itself is very well crafted. The visuals are well put together and clear. Not really any of that hand-held nonsense that fills the indie, low budget film world. The audio is understandable and the truth is... it's generally an easy film to watch. It flows right and does the trick.
The performances are mostly believable and this film does, in fact, do what it's meant to do. It inspires. Another thing to note is that the Christian aspects of this production are done excellently. Tastefully inserted and never outright in your face. This is a family that is clearly Christian, but "Your Song" never comes across as overly preachy - making this a title anyone of any faith can enjoy.
My only real issue was with the robot. I'm not going to lie... I enjoyed watching this little pet of sorts. It was cute - no question about that. However, I don't understand why it was present in the film, from a story perspective. There was nothing in "Your Song" that screamed futuristic of science fiction. Save the robot of course. I guess my point is that the robot doesn't move the story forward in any way at all. The film may have even been a little better without it. Keeping a grounded stance on a horrible situation. It felt like the robot was put in simply because it could be put in. Better with it? Worse with it? That's for the viewers to ultimately decide.
At the end of the day I enjoyed my time with this film. I pretty much knew the direction the story was going, and had a pretty good idea of what would happen. That however, didn't make it any less of a film. Perhaps that familiar nature actually helped to make the movie more inspiring. We relate much easier to things we are familiar with. Even if not directly. In my humble opinion, "Your Song" easily earns it's stars. Well done.