The Music Never Stopped Review: Every Silver Lining's Got a Touch of Gray

By Seth Freilich | Film | March 18, 2011 | Comments ()

By Seth Freilich | Film | March 18, 2011 |

There's more I could tell you about the story, but there's really no point. Beyond the hook - the discovery of Gabe's condition, the work that follows and the question of whether music can lead to Gabe retaining new memories - the major plot points are relatively predictable, particularly given the embellishments and liberties taken with Sacks' original story. Nevertheless, newbie director Jim Kohlberg smoothly handles the back-and-forth timing of the exposition and manages to keep the pacing relatively tight. It is unforuntate, however, that the movie presumably blew its budget on the music rights, however, as they could have used some more money in the makeup department, when it comes to aging actors younger or older (Pucci's wild man beard is particularly stagecrafty). The Music Never Stopped is not a great movie. But it's a good movie with a performance by Simmons that is easily worth the price of admission.

The Music Never Stopped premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This review is being republished because the movie is opening in limited release today

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