Under the radar, filmmaker Brett Haley has been doing something rather impressive. Haley has been making independent films that people actually go to see in theaters. With the one two punch of I’ll See You In My Dreams and The Hero over the last few years, the director has made movies about older characters that audiences seek out. They’re crowd pleasing indies that shoot their lead actors or actresses into the awards conversation. That used to be a thing plenty of auteurs did, but these days it’s fairly rare. Now, Haley is back again with a slightly younger skewing film, and a musical one at that. Hearts Beat Loud made a lot of noise at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and now has a Trailer to increase the buzz. You can see that at the bottom of the post, but first, some more on the movie.
Hearts Beat Loud is a musical dramedy about a father and his daughter in the summer before the latter leaves for college. They’ll end up forming an unlikely songwriting duo, but at the start, they’re just two people who have long bonded with music. Frank Fisher (Nick Offerman) is the owner of a struggling record store in Brooklyn, while Sam Fisher (Kiersey Clemons) is dealing with first love and preparing for med school. Then, during one of their jam sessions, they come up with a catchy tune. One upload to the internet later and their music is on Spotify. From there, a whole new level of father daughter bonding occurs. Haley directs and co-writes with frequent collaborator Marc Basch. The strong supporting cast here includes Toni Collette, Blythe Danner, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, and more. The music is by Keegan DeWitt, who has been snubbed by Oscar in Best Original Screenplay before. That might not happen again this year, but more on that later…
Haley has a gift for character studies. He fills his flicks with human moments that bring a smile to your face, and sometimes even put a lump in your throat. That should be the case again here, with the added bonus of seeing Offerman get a starring role. Last year, he did the honor for Sam Elliott, to absolutely amazing effect in The Hero, so if this comes anywhere close to that, we’re in for a treat. The Trailer showcases some catchy tunes, a great bit of chemistry between Clemons and Offerman, as well as that winning vibe that Haley is so great at. What he puts into the cinematic universe people seem to seek out, so this may very well find his biggest audience yet.
Even though I’ll See You In My Dreams and The Hero fell short of Oscar citations, there’s a chance that Hearts Beat Loud could go further. To be fair, its hopes pretty much lay only in Best Original Song, with an outside chance of Best Original Screenplay for Basch and Haley. DeWitt’s songs for Haley’s last two films have fallen short of nominations (especially with The Hero, it was a real crime too), but this time may be more promising. This feels like a John Carney work, which has more often appealed to voters. If so, the movie may be in play for Original Song all season long.
The Trailer for Hearts Beat Loud is below, and be sure to give it a look, but for my money, June 8th can’t come enough. This could be one of the most enjoyable cinematic experiences of the summer. At the moment, we only have this Trailer, but hopefully soon we’ll also have a soundtrack to pour over. If you’ve been a fan of Haley’s previous works, this is one to look out for, without question. Give the Trailer a gander and sit tight for more on the flick. It’s one of my most anticipated of the year, so you better believe I’ll be reporting back once I see it…
Here now is the Trailer for Hearts Beat Loud:
Stay tuned for more on Hearts Beat Loud between now and its June release date!