The synopsisEsther Hoffman, an aspiring singer/songwriter, meets John Norman Howard, a famous, successful and self-destructive singer/songwriter, whom, after a series of coincidental meetings, she finally starts dating. Believing in her talent, John gives her a helping hand and her career begins to eclipse his.
My thoughts and observations
- I have seen this movie before, and again this time, I thought, "It's quite good, but not great."
- Themes touched on in this movie included:
- What constitutes both love and success
- Non-traditional male and female roles in relationships
- Self-destruction—in both professional and personal lives
- Life on the road as a celebrity
- Substance abuse
- Depression and suicide
- If I were watching it alone, I would have fast-forwarded through the songs that Kris Kristofferson sang. The second time he sings Watch Closely Now is one time too many.
- Speaking of Kris, he's adorable in the face—complete with beautiful eyes and the salt and pepper beard—but the rest of his body does nothing for me. He needs a goody trail, at the very least.
- I agree with Bob, who says about the song Esther Hoffman Howard (Barbra's character) sings at the end of the film, "She goes through every emotion there is during that song."
- I gave this movie one-and-a-half thumbs up, mostly for the music—Barbra's music.
Have you seen this movie? If so, what did you think of it?