Music (2021 film)
Music is a 2021 American musical drama film directed by singer-songwriter Sia. The film was co-written by Sia and Dallas Clayton, and stars Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr and Maddie Ziegler. Originally conceived in 2015 as a non-musical film, the film was subsequently re-conceived as a musical with a larger budget. The film was released on January 14, 2021 in Australia and February 12, 2021 in the United States. The film was panned by critics and bombed at the box office.
The film follows Zu Gamble, a former drug dealer who becomes the Guardian of her autistic younger sister Music. Zu soon meets Ebo Odom, a boxer who teaches her how to care for Music. Throughout the film, musical dance sequences take place inside Music's mind, showing how she views the world.
Why it Sucks
- To get the elephant out of the room, the film's depiction of Autism is so poor, so exaggerated, to the point of being stereotypical. This isn't helped by the that Music is portrayed as immature and bratty, when Autistic people aren't anything like that.
- The casting of Maddie Ziegler in the role was also controversial because 1. She is nuerotypical and therefore not Autistic herself and 2. the role reason she was presumably cast in the role is because she is a frequent collaborator with Sia.
- The film also poorly portrays African-Americans, with Ebo being depicted as a "magical negro" stereotype. His characization doesn't help matters either.
- Adding to that, one dance number called "Oh Body" has Ziegler dressed in blackface.
- The infamous scenes in which Music is being forcefully restrained in a attempt to calm her down.
- The musical numbers that take place in side Music's mind, while impressive, are constantly out of nowhere and happen at inconvenient times.
- False Advertising: Despite the film's title, Music is mostly portrayed as a supporting character, as the film focuses more on Zu and Ebo.
- Acting that ranges from bland to annoying (except for Kate Hudson).
- The story is disjointed and confused.
- Mutiple clichés scattered throughout the film.
- Unlikeable characters (especially Zu and Music).
- The concept of a non-verbal Autistic character is interesting, but it is horribly executed.
- Sia's cameo in the film is complete random.
- The film damaged Sia's reputation, particularly in the eyes of the Autistic community.
- The musical numbers, while random, are well made and well choreographed.
- The soundtrack is great.
- Kate Hudson give a good performance.
The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from both critics and audiences. Rotten Tomatoes, 9% of 45 reviews from critics for Music are positive, with an average rating of 3.7/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Offensive in its depiction of autism—and painfully misguided in essentially every respect—Music is a vanity project that begs to be turned down." Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Metacritic, which assigned the film a weighted average score of 23 out of 100 based on 18 critics, the film received "generally unfavorable reviews". Despite this, the film was nominated for two Golden Globes, both of which it lost. In fact, the show's presenters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler called the film the "biggest international floparooni" and "Twitter is saying it's the most offensive casting since Kate Hudson was the Weight Watchers spokesperson."