Why has Kate Hudson’s effervescent film made the world angry?

Music is essentially a celebration of misfits, non-conformists who can’t fit in even if they want to

Why has Kate Hudson’s effervescent film made the world angry?
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Subhash K Jha

Music

Starring  Kate Hudson, Maddie Ziegler, Leslie Odom Jr, Héctor Elizondo, Mary Kay Place as Millie

Directed  by Sia

Rating: ***

Why has  Australian singing-star Sia’s directorial debut angered the first-world movie buffs? There is an online petition being signed to withdraw the two Golden Globe nominations it has fetched itself for music and leading performance by Kate  Hudson. Both richly deserved, if you ask me.

So what seems to be the  problem? The autistic character, one of the three protagonists in this heartwarming if the somewhat undercooked recipe for instant salvation, is felt by many be insensitively portrayed. Significantly  Kate Hudson’s autistic younger sister is played by Maddie Ziegler who is neuro-challenged in real life.

Trust me, if Rain Man were to be made today Dustin Hoffman won’t get to play Raymond.

Having gotten the casting right, what did Music get so wrong?  To me from where  I see it, this film is not half as awful and offensive as it is being made out to be. Agreed it is not as tender as the tale of two half-sisters one a drug dealer the other autistic getting to know one another belatedly, ought to be. The treatment of the theme is more psychedelic and sentimental and the beast that this film eventually turns out to be is very different from the normal traditional sibling-reunion films.

Music is essentially a celebration of misfits, non-conformists who can’t fit in even if they want to. Besides the two sisters, there is Ebo a boxer (played with feeling by Leslie  Odom Junior) who has AIDS, and a Korean boy Felix(Beti Calvillo) whose father is hellbent on making his son a “man” no matter what it takes. They all somehow watch over the autistic (and artistic) Music and participate in the music videos that she creates in her head.

These characters don’t really come together as much as they suffer together, trying to find a  common ground to feel safe wanted and protected. Music celebrates vulnerabilities with lots of colour and music. Though it’s a  film about social misfits  it is  not a downbeat depressing film. Somehow  Kate  Hudson and her director Sia prod  the sunshine awake even when gloom is  the prevalent perfume.

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