MUSIC by celebrated Australian singer songwriter Sia is one of those films the world needs to see right now. It is a bit of everything, it taps into creativity, dance, music, real life emotions, the frustrations of communications and how life can be viewed differently through the eyes of everyone we meet.
MUSIC follows the story of Zu (as in Kazu the instrument) played by Kate Hudson who is newly sober and receives the news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half sister named Music, played by Maddie Ziegler from Dance Moms fame, who is on the autism spectrum. The film explores two of Sia’s favourite themes: finding your voice and creating family.
Before seeing this film we did some research on Sia and listened to Louis Theroux’s podcast that hosted Sia as a guest through the lockdown period. It was a wonderful insight into Sia’s life as she shared some deep dark secrets about her past struggles with sobriety, anxiety and also her need for family and creating family. When watching the film, of which Sia makes a cameo appearance… (watch for a green face) you almost get a feeling that the film centres around a lot of Sia’s life struggles. It was a welcome insight into Sia’s life as it answered a lot of questions about the film and perhaps made us look at the film through Sia’s eyes.
The costumes in the film are colourful and wacky, think of the most amazing dream you had as a kid and then add more colour and creativity and BANG you have the most out there and incredible dance sequences throughout the film. Think of the old school big studio TCM and MGM films that were filmed with big casts and extravagant costumes and choreography, it felt like that however, for our modern day.
The film explored some heavy subjects such as sobriety, drug taking, death, family violence however it tastefully used song and dance to express these themes through the eyes of Music the young adolescent sister of Zu. That is not to say that there aren’t some hard hitting scenes to watch in this film. Be prepared to have your heart strings pulled and a couple of unexpected scenes.
All in all, the music in the film is injected throughout with catchy Sia tunes which will have you bopping along, even if it is a song that addresses death through the eyes of Music’s austic world. An abstract concept, yet it seemed to work seamlessly. With songs sung by both Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jnr. you will be mesmerized by this film and we guarantee you will rush home to look for the soundtrack to add to your spotify list.
MUSIC by Sia is in cinemas Thursday 14 January 2021.
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