Pure Country 2: The Gift – DVD Review

Pure Country 2

3.5

What initially begins as a rather boring and stereotypical story ends reasonably well; on a cheery and optimistic note.

Pure Country 2 follows a very straightforward plot. Katrina Elam stars as Bobbie, a girl who is literally given a powerful voice, as a gift from heaven. To keep that gift, she has to keep three simple rules: never lie, always be fair, and never break a promise. All this is based on another simple premise that “with a great gift comes great responsibility”. Of course, she breaks these rules on her way to stardom and the gift is taken away from her. In a very warm-hearted way, Bobbie learns to amend her wrongs, leading to the fairytale ending of the movie. Since the film is so plainly represented, the dialog between characters can at times become rather unoriginal. In fact, at the beginning of the film, I was not at all impressed with the lines exchanged between characters. It was all too clichéd and overused. Yet, I was surprised to see how the story developed over the sequence of events and eventually ended with all its loose ends being tied up.

Additionally, characters such as Jackie Welch, who stars as Aunt Ella, and Michael Yama, who plays the role of the manager of the sushi house that Bobbie works at, brought humour to the show and kept me watching.

Of course, a movie as trivial and transparent as this will not leave out the oh-so-typical romance factor. Travis Fimmel is the lucky candidate who lands the role of lead male, Dale. Although he does not develop much in the show, Dale and his life is one of the catalysts that brings the story forward. Plus, it was definitely a bonus to have him on the cast. He fits the role of “rodeo cowboy” perfectly!

Pure Country 2 is the film to watch if you feel desperately unmotivated, as if there is no hope for any of your dreams to come true. There are a lot of unreal and idealistic things going on in the movie. Especially the ending. It seemed to me that Bobbie was able to fix things just by giving hugs to people. It felt almost like a Disney movie: it followed a familiar theme and ended on a happy note. It's not an advanced, intellectual movie that requires thinking, but is more of one that you can enjoy whilst taking a short break from the reality of the real world. Yet, in the midst of its simplicity, the film spurs the hearts and dreams of its viewers, and you come out of it feeling rejuvenated, almost as if you can now conquer the world. Or, I guess you could lean to the other side of the spectrum and decide that everything only turns out all fine and dandy in the fictional world, and with a pessimistic attitude, return to the busy, tough life that you [as well as many of us] lead.