Falcon SongHD Closed Captioning
Jason Corgan Brown
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About the Movie
Falcon Song is a whimsical, 1980's style contemporary western in which a guitar playing drifter helps a rancher's granddaughter find her true calling. They soon find themselves in the middle of an age old land war. The film explores themes of land conservation and soul searching beneath a quirky world full of colorful characters and magical realism.
I was lucky enough to see this film in the theater. I thought it was really fun and watching it felt like something you would see released in 1986. Sadly movies aren't made like this any more, but Falcon Song proves that it is possible. It takes place in a stylized storybook world with light humor and even touches of fantasy. The film has a familiar quality to it, yet retains a completely original aesthetic. The retro style was handled properly and didn't rely on endless pop culture references and sarcasm like so many films do that deliver an 80's feel. The locations are great and it was refreshing to see that a light hearted film like this can do so well.
The story is relatively basic as in the good ol' days; a guy cruises into a quirky, small town and shakes things up. There are a good amount of kittens in this film, which sets it pretty high up on my list (perhaps debuting the next generation of internet cat celebrities?). Gabriel Sunday's acting is excellent and it was really fun to see that Martin Kove from the original Karate Kid movies is still sweeping cinematic legs. Rainey Qualley is a gem. The directing is genuine and the cinematography is outstanding. All in all, Falcon Song is worth checking out and possibly adding to your collections of 80s movies!
Revival Done Right.
A tasteful example of artistic restraint and classic revival filmmaking. I like this flick because it plays like a rarity in today's barrage of cinematic belligerency. It sits between the "lull you to sleep" depressive indies and grand displays of major studio might that are so prevalent today. It's an authentic homage to a past era in film minus the fluff of "remember when" irony. While its certainly not the most moving story, it does create a sense of escapism. The look, dialogue, and acting style definitely nails the old school. Film buffs will appreciate this aspect, while others just seeking beautiful landscapes, horses, ranch life, and western Americana will be appeased.
This movie has an innoscent nature about it that is nice to see…good for the whole family to watch…and it's really funny in parts. Also the scenery is beautiful!