2019 TIFF Movie Review: WESTERN STARS (USA 2019)

Western Stars Poster
Trailer

Live concert performance of Bruce Springsteen singing songs from his album ‘Western Stars’.

The Boss himself,  Bruce Springsteen performs his critically acclaimed latest album and muses on life, rock, and the American dream, in this intimate and personal live-concert film co-directed by himself.  Being his first full-length film to carry his name as director, the fact must have affected the Boss getting to his head. 

 Springsteen offers his advice on love, loss, change and other assorted matters prior to each song he performs and there are quite a few of his performances on screen so that it the films become over preachy.  Springsteen is no great sage either. No one wants to keep hearing him expel his personal demons.  

The choice of the Glen Campbell song “Rhinestone Cowboy” he performs is an odd choice to end the movie.  The only good thing about the film is watching him perform his live album concert songs with his orchestra.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGqjav-KbDU

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