Friday, July 22, 2022

Country Gold (2022) Fantasia 2022


Country Gold is a strange film. A black and white mocumentary/comedy/expose/Lynchian riff on country music set in 1992. Nominally it has a Garth Brooks analog singer navigating the country music business, getting into trouble, having dinner with George Jones (I wonder if his family will sue) and being interviewed for TV. It ends with one of the more quietly disturbing things I’ve seen in a film in a while.

To be honest I don’t know what I think of this film.  It has moments and as a country music fan I found some of this interesting, however most of this just seemed odd for no reason other than to be odd. Its as if writer director -Mickey Reece went for effect rather than meaning by viewing things through a side show mirror. Its as if Reece managed to make us feel something but couldn’t manage to get his thoughts beyond that. I kept thinking this should have some sort of meaning but I couldn’t find any other than the typical showbiz is bad roasting. Worse the pacing is such it takes forever going nowhere.

While I appreciate Fantasia going of the beaten path, I sadly think this time they ended up in a ditch.

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