Writing Challenge Week 3: Write a Review


3. Review a movie/book/anything


Ryan Brenner, a travelling musician, and Jackie Laurel, a former singer at a crossroads in her marriage, meet by chance while Ryan is busking on the street. They share an immediate connection, but it’s fleeting, until a sudden accident propels them together. Soon, Ryan finds himself at Jackie’s house for dinner, where they discover they share more than a passion for music. Ryan’s battling to find the courage to write his own music and Jackie’s fighting an estranged husband who wants custody of her daughter. The two form an unlikely relationship that may change their lives forever



My weekly writing challenge is a bit late. I’ve been under the weather for the past few days, and I spent all of yesterday either at the doctor or on the couch watching movies. The latter part was glorious and something I’ve not done in a very long time.

Since I already post book reviews here and since I had a movie marathon yesterday, I figured my third challenge would be about this little indie movie, Jackie & Ryan.

This movie was very subtle and almost poetic in relaying its emotions and messages. I almost shut it off, to be honest, in favor of something that had more, well… more. Aside from their chance meeting, it all seemed very normal, as if I were watching a documentary on someone’s day to day life. In a world where drama is at the touch of your fingertips at all times, something like that can seem … slow. In the end, that’s what ended up being this movie’s most appealing aspect.

Ryan is a traveler. He jumps from train to train, coming upon little towns to play his music. He lives out of his backpack, and although we see how cold and lonely it can be riding in a metal cart, the lifestyle definitely has it’s appeal. Just up and go wherever you want, whenever you feel like it. Jackie, on the other hand, had a solid life that is slowly unraveling. Her career as a musician is over as is her marriage. As a result, she faces a challenging divorce, and her soon-to-be ex-husband has a lawyer that threatens to take everything, including their daughter.

Jackie and Ryan are opposites in a lot of ways but not in the ways that are important. They seem to lift each other up from their very first meeting and give each other the strength and courage to take the difficult next steps in their lives.

The music in this film gave me chills. It’s this perfect combination of blues, folk and country, and I found myself downloading the soundtrack. The music brings the whole story together and seems to be a character in itself.


Looking at the poster of this movie, you’d think it was all about the romance, but I felt that it had a minor role to play. The story was about finding your place, your home, whether it be on the road with nothing but an open sky over your head, a brick and mortar with four walls, or simply someone that makes you feel like you can do anything.




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