Friday, September 5, 2014

The Identical starring Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, and newcomer Blake Rayne opens today (Sept 5) (movie review)

Ashley Judd seems to be favoring family films these days: Dolphin Tale, Dolphin Tale 2, and The Identical which opens today, September 5, nationwide. I had the great honor to screen this movie (yes, before it opens!) from home.

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The premise is that during the Depression, twin brothers are separated by a great sacrifice. One is raised by their biological parents and the other by a pastor and his wife. The son raised by his biological parents, Drexel Hemsley, rises to the top of rock and rock fame! The other, Ryan Wade, struggles to keep peace between himself and his father and still love music like his brother sings (although he doesn't know it's his brother).

I really like the concept of The Identical. How two people biologically related but separated at a young age can still be so alike. It begs the question of nature vs. nurture - where you see Drexel drinking and the pastor's kid (PK) not wanting to touch alcohol but where they both sound and look like Elvis.

There were many touching scenes in this movie. When Ryan unknowingly meets his biological mother, when he stands up to his father about not becoming a pastor, when he stands up to a racist police officer, and the final few scenes. I thought it was beautiful. A great story involving redemption and family, not much else I can ask for in a movie these days.

The only thing I didn't like was when Drexel and Ryan grew their hair out. Oh they should have kept to the Elvis hair. But it was moving on into the late 60s so I guess that's that.

Go ahead and pick up a ticket this weekend to see The Identical.

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