Songwriter (1984) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Alan Rudolph
Starring: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Melinda Dillon
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
Doc Jenkins is a singer/songwriter who tries to leave his singer/songwriter roots to be a music “mogul“, and gets tangled up in a bad publishing deal. He enlists a team of cronies, including a young singer and his former singing partner, Blackie Buck, and together they execute his plan to get out of the deal. He gets help from a stereotypical small-time concert promoter. Honey Carder is the love interest/ex-wife.
Before we really dive into 1984’s Songwriter I want to take a moment to give praise to the best part of it, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. The movie and plot are what they are but these two had a long history heading into this one and their chemistry shows on the screen. So if you are a fan of either one, then you might find yourself being a bit more into what Songwriter has to offer up. The story here tells of a couple of guys who are tired of getting screwed in their line of work and are now wanting to b the ones doing the screwing. They come up with a plan and the movie is more or less the follow through to that. The plot has its moments but mostly the movie has a few funny moments but is stuck having a bit of a typical plot and one that is a bit too predictable for its own good all in all. Still, the duo we have on the screen is by far the most entertaining part of it.
The rest of the cast you have here is solid enough for their roles. We have such names as Melinda Dillon and Rip Torn in the mix and that is only a good thing. This story of a man who lost everything and is now trying like hell to get it back comes with a lot of music, as you’d probably guess given the movie’s title. I usually like this type of music, but even that kind of falls a bit short with me here in this movie. All in all, you get a good once-over popcorn flick here but I’m not sure it’ll be a movie you want to revisit often unless you just adore the normal and usual elements of the story. The Blu-ray doesn’t look bad here but on the downside, you won’t be getting anything extra here besides the trendy VHS style cover.
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 93%