I first heard of this documentary through Jonathan London. He reviewed it with his mother on an early episode of Geekscape. It seemed like an interesting documentary but he warned that you might get teary eyed while watching it. That was a major understatement.
Young@Heart tells the story of a chorus in New England featuring members ranging from late 60s to early 90s. The group covers more modern songs like I Wanna Be Sedated, Feeling Alive and Should I Stay or Should I Go? The group is lead by music director Bob Cilman. One could argue that Bob is too demanding on the group however as you see this senior citizens become more and more animated it really shows what Bob does best.
I’m torn as to how to talk about this movie and not ruin it’s emotional moments for you. I will say this, yes, members of the band die and it’s sad. The songs that they sing as tribute to these lost members will bring tears to your eye. However this is more of a feel-good comedy and a drama. It’s impossible to smile hearing these musicians talk about how the music is the reason they get up in the morning and ‘keeps them young’.
It’s going to be a short one this week. Just see this documentary and bring some tissues with you.
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