Like a Country Song Movie Review: An Emotional Tale of Ego and Reconciliation
Adversities happen to lead us to make life better and not bitter. The 2014 Christian drama film Like a Country Song tells a tale how ego impacts lasting hurts for and between one another. Lead character Jake Reeson was a rising country singer in a local town in Nashville. He ruins his budding career by partying and womanizing. His ego served as a façade to shield his pain growing up without a father. Many among us can relate to the kind of ego and pain that Jake had. We turn to our ego to show others that we are tough even when we are hurting inside.
Ego may come from past hurts that were not resolved and forgiven. Jake’s father Bo left him and his mother Mia after the untimely death of their daughter Lily. For years that passed, Bo harbored guilt and Mia made Jake believe that his father died when he was young. All three of them suffered from pain that lingered and affected them separately through the passing of time. By their characters, we may realize how important it is to face an accidental death of a daughter as a family. Instead of running away from the pain and pointing who to blame, Jake’s parents could have shown moral support for each other. It has taken years before Mia was able to forgive Bo. Those years in between could have given them three a period of moving on. Had their healing process came earlier, forgiveness and reconciliation could have happened sooner.
The turning point of the movie
The turning point in the story is when Jake’s old flame Becca gave him a Bible as she was about to leave him again and this time, it is for missionary work in Haiti. Jake reads Matthew’s verse about casting burden when one is weary and God will give him rest. On another scene, Bo turned to the same Bible verse for spiritual strength so he can face Mia again. It is when both Jake and Bo acknowledged their own faults that paved the way for their reconciliation as father and son.
Some incidents in our lives we may forget and yet, there are some that should have been forgiven. The underlying message content for this story was clear and that is every heart that’s been broke could be unbroken. We can correct all the lies and angry words that were once told to one another. Life’s trials may come as messy but when one is willing to make amends with an open heart, there will always be room for the truth, for accepting a fault, for mending the bond of a family and for moving on with a fresh new start.
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