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Angels Sing

Angels Sing

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Grade:
B+
Running Time: 
87 minutes
Country Legends

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson were once members of supergroup The Highwaymen alongside Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.

Adapted from author Turk Pipkin's 1999 novel When Angels Sing, the Christmas-themed film Angels Sing was just released on Blu-Ray this past week. Even though the majority of the stars are known more for their musical careers than they are for their acting, the film is heartfelt and genuine in its presentation. The cover makes Angels Sing look like just another lame cable movie forced upon the viewing masses during the holiday season, but don't let that fool you. Angels Sing is a high-quality family drama suitable for all ages that easily rises above anything on cable.

College professor Michael Walker (Harry Connick, Jr., Will & Grace) has a loving wife (Connie Britton, Nashville) and son (Chandler Canterbury, Knowing), but there's only one problem - he hates Christmas. After a tragic childhool accident occured during the holiday 30 years ago, Michael simply cannot partake in any jolly festivities. During Thanksgiving dinner, Michael's father (Kris Kristofferson, Blade) pleads for his son to visit for Christmas to no avail. After his son is involved in an accident, Michael has to decide whether he wants his son to grow up despising the holiday the same way he did. Aided by a stranger named Nick (country legend Willie Nelson) and kind neighbors (including Lyle Lovett, The Bridge), Michael begins to find the courage to enjoy Christmas once again.

What suprised me most about Angels Sing were the great performances by the musicians. I've seen both Kristofferson and Lovett shine in small roles over the years, but I've never seen Nelson act outside of a few goofy short appearances in comedy films. Nelson's understated acting is charming and funny - I'd love to see him sink his teeth into a major supporting role sometime. The aforementioned trio also treats viewers to their own renditions of holiday classics, most notably Nelson's take on "Amazing Grace." The Blu-Ray doesn't offer anything in the way of special features, which is a real bummer. I would have loved to hear some interviews or perhaps even a mini-concert from the cast. Regardless, Angels Sing is a wonderful Christmas film with an even better message. Highly Recommended.

Cody Endres
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