“Raise your voice” is one of my favorite movies due to its sensitive and emotional nature. It also shows what it takes to be fully determined and setting off to fulfill your dreams. Hillary Duff, one of my favorite actresses, plays the main role in the movie.
The movie “Raise your voice” shows the determination of a teenage girl who wants to fulfill her dreams of becoming a star while her stern father does not allow her to go for it. But the girl’s mother wants her daughter to go after her dreams. It is an entertaining play starring Hilary Duff as that teenager girl. This movie has a strong Christian worldview along with some light romantic and feminist elements which helps in diluting the experience.
The movie stars Hillary Duff as Terri Fletcher who’s a high school student in Flagstaff, Ariz. Terri became popular for her inspiring singing voice in both her school and church choir. The movie begins with a graduation day of her dear brother, Paul. As a graduation present, she buys two rock concert tickets for Paul. Paul got grounded after having an argument with his father Simon. The argument was about letting Terri go to summer music camp at a prominent school in Los Angeles. Since Simon did not agree on the topic, Terri and Paul sneaks out of the house anyway to attend the concert. Unfortunately, they have a severe accident on their way back home, and Paul dies.
This tragedy becomes the cause of driving the family further apart. Simon’s wife, Frances, and his free-spirited sister, Nina, collaborate to send Terri to the summer music camp where the school accept her admission. They convince Terri that the opportunity is just too good to miss. They tell her to convince her father on this lie that she wants to visit Nina in Palm Desert so that she can overcome her sadness and sorrow over Paul’s death. What they don’t know is that the music school accepted Terri on the basis of a DVD featuring Terri’s singing, which Paul had secretly edited together and mailed.
Terri is still greivous over Paul’s death even at school. The guilt overwhelms her regarding his death and now also about lying to her father. After going through some difficult time to adjust, Terri begins to make friends. She also catches feelings for one of her fellow students. His name is Jay. He’s from England and also going through tough time due to the divorce of his parents. Jay accompanies Terri in her lessons which is a source of encouragement for her. They work on a song together for the final show at the music camp, where the best one will be presented a $10,000 academic scholarship from the school.
Being entertaining, the movie has many emotional moments, and the musical performances are exciting and also inspiring, just like its name.
The movie “Raise your voice” depicts a strong Christian, liberating worldview with some optimistic moral components. It possesses clear situations showing church, prayer and God and a climactic prospect where Terri sings about God watching over her. However, some feminist and romantic features weaken this perspective. For instance, Terri’s mother asks Terri to lie to her father as he won’t let his daughter follow her dreams in music. This subject of the strict, irrational father and the musical child dates back to the “The Jazz Singer” which was the first feature-length sound movie featuring Al Jolson.
“Raise your voice” doesn’t have that much emotional end as it is in its first two-third part. The script maybe requires an expressive settlement where Terri and her father could more openly antagonize their sorrow over the demise of her brother.
Though not quite the four star, it still provides a resilient, inspiring understanding for many youngsters. “Raise Your Voice” treacherously overlaps between emotionality and sincerity, and tense and cliché-ridden. It is sensitive and mature in a manner it deals with the loss of Terri’s brother, and the repentance, guiltiness, and complete devastation that Terri go through due to it. The memory of Paul wholeheartedly remains in the forefront of her mind, no matter what she’s doing. Training her voice and being in love with Jay doesn’t stop her from thinking about her brother and his wish of Terri becoming a star. Hence the movie is much more than being a one-dimensional film about a girl who wants to be a singer. It plays the role of an emphatic story of a girl who is determined enough to follow her dreams and goals, suffering with a loss that she cannot afford, and equipped enough to move forward with her life while attaining inner power in the course.
There was a bit of heavy-handedness at crucial instants in the movie which tends to threaten the goodness of the movie. The dramatic scenes were often over scored with such pompous, overemotional melodic strings that they fail to display all forms of sensitive delicacy. The outcomes are immensely more effective when the scenes are allowed to play gently, aligning exclusively on the performers and their enactments. A scene in which Terri and her group carry out an impromptu song in front of a gleaming city cascade, a painted-faced mime appear out of nowhere which was a bizarre decision to make.
Moral Problems in the movie:
Some morality issues were observed in the movie which caught my attention. In the start of the film, there’s a scene where a boy who also studies where Terri does, one morning reaches out for her hand since he’s also obsessed with her. Terri exchanges a handshake with him. Seeing this, Terri’s friends say, “He’ll be worried for the next month that he just got you pregnant!”
Being in the music camp, Terri gets romantically involved in her fellow student named Jay. Once they got in a fight. After the heated argument, Jay left the campus. At night, Jay appears at Terri’s house being drunk. With a fear of Jay being rusticated from the school, Terri helps him jump on the roof of her house and stayed with him overnight. This meeting has not been implicated as sexual, but the fact that most of the people nowadays do not depict consumption of alcohol being a wrong act to do. In fact, it is being shown as something which is usual and normal, and not something to be ashamed of. The movie shows that in order to numb his hurt and offended feelings, Jay ingested alcohol.
The summer music camp has one more couple, Sloan and Kiwi. Kiwi is interested in Sloan as he discovers that she is physically striking, and he keeps on trying to catch her consideration. Then there comes a scene where finally his passion is rewarded in an unusual section where both of them abruptly start kissing fervently, moving all over a room while knocking over things and ultimately falling on the floor, where the section finishes.
Display of such scenes do not make it a movie for children to watch.
There are some religious exclamations in the movie. If the movie was made according to the rules of Christianity and ended in the same manner, it could have been really great, and keeping this in view one can discover many ethical lessons in the film. Anyhow, discerning the humanist fashion the moral in the movie is a good moral. One can clearly observe the points where the movie is amended away from Christianity like it has been shown that Terri prays, but not that her prayers got responded. Her father has been depicted as a firm Christian, and the play is convincing that being too firm can be negative for faith. Terry has been shown singing in the church and she likes it. The reason could be because she loves to praise God.
Terry’s and her mother’s dishonesty towards Simon was not right. It could be a lot better if a movie like this was made Christian. And later discovering that it was planned that in that manner, just supported my doubt about that the ethic initially was Christian, but made more non-Christian when the tag “Christian movie” was taken out.
To conclude, Terri’s determination, brother’s love and support for Terri, these aspects were worth noticing. The movie tells its viewers that though the road to success is hard, one must not just dream, instead follow them and reach the destination. Even with its over-the-top instants and platitudes “Raise Your Voice” is so pure at heart that one is ready to absolve the faults and appreciate all that it realizes. The peak moment, fixed during the music program’s single settings, sees Terri getting up in front of a large crowd, putting down her defenses and anxieties, and persuasively performing a song that she bestows to her brother. It’s a justly charming moment because it means a lot to Terri and to the audience than the category typically gathers.
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