Finding You (2021)

Finding You (2021) – Movie Review

7th May 2021 Written by Peter Walkden
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Finley (Katherine McNamara) has the passion and desire to be a professional violinist; however, she isn’t successful at getting accepted to a New York Conservatory.  As she is understandably feeling down and sad, her family encourages Finley to travel to Ireland and do a college semester as an exchange student. From the moment she steps on the plane, her life changes forever.

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By a stroke of luck, Finley is upgraded to first-class, where she sits next to a young man and begins a conversation. Soon, she discovers the man next to her is a famous, hunky and studly heartthrob movie star named Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre). Our leads part ways after the flight, but don’t worry, the world brings them together again as Finley and Beckett, by luck, are staying at the same bed and breakfast.

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Beckett is currently filming his latest medieval blockbuster but is struggling with his line delivery.  He is feeling jaded and has a general lack of passion for staying on the big screen. Beckett approaches Finley to assist him with reading his lines, but naturally, it’s not long until an unlikely romance begins to spark. While their romance begins, Finley is also dealing with other things in her life. Is Finley and Beckett’s romance something that is destined to last, or is it something that was only meant to stay for a brief moment? The two will attempt to overcome many personal challenges to find peace and hopefully move forward together.

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The film opens with a touching moment, showing us Finley’s sadness at being rejected despite all of her hard work. It is an emotional concept to know that Finley lacks something magical when she plays on stage. But once Finley meets Beckett, I found the film changed quite quickly and dramatically, and not necessarily for the better.  This sentiment may differ for different audiences. 

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The dialogue between Finley and Beckett is certainly cheesy and filled with one-liners of flirtation, especially from the overconfident Beckett, who claims to be good looking and charming in all the right ways. The dialogue alone instantly tells me who this film is intended for: an audience of young teenagers.  The film and romance were also quite clean, which was welcoming.

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As a plot, the film is not just a romance. It’s also a drama that includes many (and I mean many!) subplots, transforming a simple romance story into a two-hour movie. Some examples of the subplots include Finley dealing with being rejected as a violinist, on top of which she holds a dark secret about a tragedy in her family. She also wishes to help an old lady from a retirement village, sending her on another side quest. Beckett is no different when it comes to subplots. As he starts to fall in love, he questions many things beginning with his father, who serves more as a pushy manager than a supportive parent.  Beckett also deals with his past relationships and seeks direction regarding what he wants to do with his life, questioning if acting is genuinely what he wants.

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Performances, for the most part, are fine and ok.  The actors here are generally trying with the script, but like the characters, some moments feel more like simple line reading, and some moments don’t feel natural and flow. As mentioned, the film has cheesy moments and line delivery that will either make the audience’s eyes roll or melt into their cinema chair. For me, nothing ever felt consistent or on point in the performances or their story. Watching Finley confront Beckett about her future one moment only to help her new elderly friend the next, then doing something else in the next scene made the film felt cramped and tiring.  But in the end, we know Beckett will pop up around the corner, and then Finley will have no choice but to speak with him and deal with another subplot.  This feels like a repeated process.

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The film also pushes many repeated messages such as “Make Love Not War” and “Things are not what they seem”.  The film’s soundtrack gave out even more messages which scream encouragement to its audiences with lyrics like “wild and free”.  For the most part, the musical score will remind movie lovers of Riverdance, Lord of the Rings and Titanic.

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Overall, Finding You is a teen romance that is filled with many subplots. The film is not just a romance movie following young love, but it is also a drama with a small mystery thanks to the side characters and subplots. As a romance, I feel it’s far too long, and the film feels far too crammed with numerous subplots.  Performances are ok, but the script feels forced and unnatural when our leads speak to each other; there are certainly moments of cheesiness. Nevertheless, I am confident there is a young audience out there who will love and adore every moment on screen. As a film, given how many stories are in the plot and the level of cheese delivery, I honestly feel this would have served far better as a TV miniseries rather than a full-length motion picture.

4.8/10

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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Sully (Paul Newman) is approaching retirement. In the present day, Sully walks with a limp, which he received while working in building and construction. Sully is also battling for worker's compensation from the manager, Carl (Bruce Willis), who continually refuses to...

Glorious (2022)

Wes (Ryan Kwanten) is currently dealing with a tragic separation. As he travels to an unknown destination by car, we learn he's not coping well. After experiencing a strange vision that almost causes him and his car to go off-road, Wes decides to take a break at a...

Girl at the Window (2022)

The film begins with the introduction of Amy (Ella Newton) and her mother (Radha Mitchell), who have just moved into a new home in Victoria, Australia. As Amy unpacks, audiences will learn that she is dealing with a tragic past involving her father's death. We also...

Prey (2022)

Set in 1719 on the Great Plains, the film introduces Naru (Amber Midthunder). Naru is highly determined and carries great skills as an upcoming hunter and warrior. With only one more challenge required to earn her new title and gain respect from others around her,...

Undergods (2020)

Set in the near future, the world as we once knew it is in decline. The film begins with an introduction to a couple of characters named K (Geza Rohrig) and Z (Johann Myers), who spend their days roaming around in a truck looking for corpses. They hope they may find...

Nope (2022)

It was time Jordan Peele had made his first alien movie, and I was ready. After the greatness that was Get Out (2017) and Us (2019), I was ready for more greatness. Next level greatness. I wanted this review to be terrible just to start by saying, "Nope." That is not...

Juniper (2021)

We begin with an introduction to a young teenage boy named Sam (George Ferrier). Sam is filled with hurt and suffering, struggling with his past and the tragic loss of his mother. Currently attending an all-boys boarding school, Sam is rather destructive and even on...

Vincent Grashaw – What Josiah Saw (2021)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #VincentGrashaw, director, producer and editor of #WhatJosiahSaw (2021), which is available exclusively on #Shudder from August 4th 2022! Thank you for watching; I hope you enjoy...

What Josiah Saw (2021)

The film introduces us to Josiah (Robert Patrick) and his son Thomas (Scott Haze). The two live on an old farm that looks rundown and worn out, and it's quite evident that both Josiah and Thomas don't always see eye to eye on certain matters. Josiah is a heavy...

The Bob’s Burgers Movie (2022)

Continuing on from Series 12 of the popular TV series, The Bob's Burgers Movie tells us more of the story that started in 2011. The Belcher family continue to run the tasty burger restaurant; however, life for the family and the restaurant could be better. The...

Psycho Goreman (2020)

Beginning with a written narration scrolling on the screen, we learn about a distant planet far away named Gigax. On Gigax, a nameless evil ruled supreme and was unstoppable until becoming imprisoned. After this narration, we head to Earth and begin following a young...

Press Play (2022)

Laura (Clara Rugaard) is a talented artist with a love for music. Her best friend, Chloe (Lyrica Okano), introduces Laura to her stepbrother, Harrison (Lewis Pullman), who works at a local record store. It’s love at first sight, and sparks ignite as the two share many...

Andrew Traucki – The Reef: Stalked (2022)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #AndrewTraucki, director, writer and producer of #TheReefStalked (2022), which is available in Australian #Cinemas from July 28th 2022! Thank you for listening; I hope you enjoy the...

The Reef: Stalked (2022)

The film begins with a tragic incident, revealing to Nic (Teressa Liane) that her sister is in an abusive relationship.  Nic witnesses the horrific consequences of this relationship, leaving her with the desire to run away and attempt to start her life afresh....

Night Raiders (2021)

In 2043 the world as we know it has dramatically changed. With North America under military control, children and teenagers are deemed the property of the state. If a parent or guardian tries to hide a young one, they are marked as breaking the law and suffer tragic...

Across 110th Street (1972)

The film begins with a group of men secretly coming together to count a large sum of money. This meeting is soon interrupted by a knock on the door from a pair of amateur crooks with loaded guns demanding all the money be handed over. The robbery ends with gunfire and...

Moloch (2022)

Set in the Netherlands, Moloch introduces us to Betriek (Sallie Harmsen), a single mother who experienced something quite tragic and unexplainable as a young child.  Presently, Betriek enjoys making music with her laptop and violin and works at a local school,...

Stunt Rock (1978)

The film begins with a dangerous stunt conducted by Australia’s favourite stuntman, Grant Page.  If you are unfamiliar with some of Grant’s work, he’s featured in many smash-hit Aussie films such as Danger Freaks and The Man from Hong Kong.  After...

Falling for Figaro (2020)

Millie (Danielle Macdonald) is living her best life.  She's in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend, Charlie (Shazad Latif), and has a well-paid job working full time as a fund manager.  After Millie spends an evening at the Opera, something inside...

Damn the Defiant (1962)

Damn the Defiant follows the English Captain Crawford (Alex Guinness) and his second-in-charge, Lieutenant Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde), during the French Revolution.  Captain Crawford returns home while his Lieutenant rounds up recruits who will be forced to...

Murder at Yellowstone City (2022)

GOLD, GOLD, GOLD!  When a former slave named Cicero (Isaiah Mustafa) arrives at the same time a local prospector strikes gold and is murdered, the community of Yellowstone City, Montana, is quick to pass judgement.  The town's Sheriff (Gabriel Byrne) quickly...

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Continuing from where we last saw Thor after Avengers: Endgame, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has lost his way.  Having fought so many battles, losing those close to him and most importantly, having had his heart broken multiple times, Thor's reason for life seems...

The Villa (2022)

The film introduces us to a young boy named Milann, an orphan who grew up in an all-boys boarding home.  As a young boy, Milann always had an excuse to try and get out of any commitments.  In the present day, Milann is now a full-grown adult and remains the...

Fortress 2: Sniper’s Eye (2022)

Continuing on from Fortress (2021), the film begins with Robert (Bruce Willis) fulfilling his promise to rescue the wife of his defeated enemy Balzary (Chad Michael Murray).  While Robert's secret mission is successful, he is shot and badly wounded.  Robert...

Fortress (2021)

Paul (Jesse Metcalfe) owns a company that works with cryptocurrency.  In desperate need of some finances to keep his company afloat, Paul decides to seek out his father, who he hasn't seen in years.  Paul's father, Robert (Bruce Willis), lives in a secret...

Ghosts of the Ozarks (2021)

Low-budget horror fans - this is for you.   Ghosts of the Ozarks is set in the late 1860s in post-civil war Arkansas.  We follow James "Doc" McCune (Thomas Hobson)  on his journey to a remote fortress-like town called Norfork.  Before he...

Eraser: Reborn (2022)

U.S Marshal Mason Pollard is highly skilled when it comes to the witness protection game.  He’s also known for successfully “erasing” many witnesses who must live in secrecy to testify.  The film begins with Mason conducting a successful rescue, and we see...

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

The film begins in the old west with a woman and her son travelling by horse.  When strangers approach, they exchange words resulting in the woman and her son being attacked.  Thankfully, the young boy manages to escape into town safely and seeks help from...

Gasoline Alley (2022)

The film opens with Jimmy (Devon Sawa) sitting at a bar alone, keeping to himself.  He's approached by an attractive woman named Star (Irina Antonenko), and the two begin to flirt.  We next see Jimmy on a new day working at his tattoo parlour, Gasoline...

Mortal Thoughts (1991)

The film begins by introducing a mysterious woman named Cynthia (Demi Moore), who is about to be interrogated at a police station by Det. John Woods (Harvey Keitel).  Cynthia is about to reveal dark secrets from the past, which could be the key to solving a...

Haute Couture (2021)

Esther (Nathalie Baye) is a highly-skilled seamstress at the famous Dior Avenue Montaigne workshop.  We understand that Esther lives alone, shares conversations with her flowers and has a sweet tooth for chocolates and general treats.  Given her age, Esther...

Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

They're baccckkkkkk!  The Minions return in this prequel set in the 1970s.  We're talking the whole '70s vibe here - retro art and decor, disco tunes and colourful costumes and characters!  As the title suggests, we join a young Gru (Steve Carell), 12...

My Sweet Monster (2021)

Set in a world of magic and fairy tales, My Sweet Monster follows a sixteen-year-old princess named Barbara (voiced by Haylie Duff).  As a princess, you would think life would be perfect, but sadly for Barbara, life in the palace is far from wonderful....

Elvis (2022)

The film begins by introducing an older man named Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), who we learn was once Elvis Presley’s agent and personal manager.  Colonel Parker serves as our narrator, taking us back to where it all began, starting with Elvis’s...