I watched this film the other day and although I haven’t written a review I felt compelled to write one on this film.
On the surface this film might have felt like a typical British, twee, sentimental telling of a story, treated with the usual tragic/comedic format we sometimes see (but not always), with this kind of British cinema. And it could have been – however I was pleasantly surprised – and I was moved by its beautiful emotive depth.
It’s a wonderfully, heart-warming story of a loving marriage between grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) and the ever-cheerful Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). Arthur, cantankerous but doting husband, does not share his wife Marion’s passion for performing. While she is happy to sing her heart out with the unconventional local choir, Arthur would prefer to hide himself away and complain about how embarrassing it all is. This is where the comedy bit happens because the choir is run by Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton), a young music teacher, who encourages the pensioners to sing rock and hip-hop songs which is hilarious!
But when heartbreak inevitably strikes for Arthur, he is forced to re-think his outlook on life. He begins to find a way to come out of his shell and in the process forms a touching relationship with Elizabeth as well as a desire to build bridges with his estranged son James (Christopher Eccleston).
Inspiring, moving and laugh out loud funny, Song For Marion will become a favourite of mine I’m sure. It’s one to watch on a Sunday afternoon when you’re feeling a little low and you want to re-connect with yourself, laugh, cry and reflect. I was really moved by the performance of Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, especially Stamp, with his lovely and poignant solo choir spot at the climax – just brilliant!