Based on a novel from the young adult genre, this Indie film may not be something many know about. However, after a limited theater run, the Finding You (2020) movie is now available to buy.
Finding You (2020) Film Review
Finding her voice again through music is something Finley Sinclair (Rose Reid) struggles to take back. In loss, she’s been unable to reclaim her love for violin which means she doesn’t get into a prestigious music program. So instead she proceeds with a semester abroad in Ireland, hoping it’ll bring her closer to the brother she lost.
Along with her host family, along the way, Finley meets popular movie star Beckett Rush (Jedidiah Goodacre), a heartthrob filming his latest installment in a dragon film series. During her stay, Finley sees Ireland through her brother’s journal and discovers she may be going about life in too limiting a way.
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Normally I don’t say this, but I will here. I did and didn’t like this film. The latter can in part, or at least likely, be attributed to the fact that I didn’t engage with the film 100% (though unusual, for some reason, I was scrolling my phone a lot). However another reason, which I think I can fairly judge, is I don’t love Beckett. I mean, don’t mistake me, I really wanted to, but something about him just doesn’t work.
Based on the novel by Jenny B. Jones (There You’ll Find Me is its title), I didn’t make time to re-read the book, but do remember loving it, including Beckett. Movie Beckett comes off as indecisive (maybe he does in the book, too?) and unwilling to put into action what he says. That said, of course, as everything does, things come full circle and there’s still a cute end.
There are adorable montages between the characters and I love the “in disguise” bits. We see a pretty dance (of course!) and enjoy the times Finley spends with Beckett. I also appreciate that the “stay away” speech doesn’t have the same kind of effect that it normally does. There’s a tear or two, but mostly the film manages to hang onto an upbeat ending that tells us a little bit “more” about the characters.
If you enjoy Jenny B. Jones books, this is definitely something to watch. It doesn’t have the same hilarity as her books do, but it’s nice to see a mostly unknown cast in the leads along with Tom Everett Scott and Vanessa Redgrave. The Ireland setting is also lovely, too.
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You can purchase Finding You (2020) movie digitally on Amazon Video
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Content: nothing really to note. There’s emotional upheaval, thematic elements [death, family feuds, references to abuse]. There may be a profanity or two. The film is PG.
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