Spiky ex-con Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) returns to her mother (Julie Walters) and two kids in Glasgow after a short stint in prison. She doesn’t receive the warmest of welcomes from her mother, who wants Rose-Lynn to grow up and take responsibility for her children. However, Rose-Lynn’s priorities don’t lie with her family back home, but with a dream of travelling to Nashville to become a country singer.
Glasgow isn’t exactly synonymous with country music, but Wild Rose manages to take these two contrasting ideas and make them work in harmony.
“Rose-Lynn isn’t always the most likeable of characters. She’s rough around the edges and doesn’t make the best decisions, but when she opens her mouth and sings, the hardened woman softens into a graceful songbird.”
Jessie Buckley plays her role as the gutsy underdog with conviction, providing the character with a much-needed truth. Her voice is simply stunning, with it not being a surprise that the soundtrack is a hit.
Julie Walters gives a solid performance as concerned mum and grandma Marion. We get the sense that Marion has been worn down by life and has a tough outer shell. She finds it difficult to express her true feelings, but it is clear that she has ultimate faith in her daughter and wants Rose-Lynn’s career to blossom.
Wild Rose focuses itself in Glasgow, spending enough time there to really establish Rose-Lynn’s roots. Nashville is but a distant dream for the young singer and in some cases, it should have stayed that way, with the departure from her hometown being brief and inconsequential.
Overall, Wild Rose is a crowd-pleasing underdog story, although slightly generic at times, it’s still highly entertaining.
Wild Rose is screening until Thu 25 Apr. To book tickets, click here.