I was given the opportunity to view this movie so that I could review it before the DVD release today. I will say that I LOVED IT. The trailer above is I think the best description of the movie. The official description from the DVD follows: “The Identical is a redemptive Movie about a young man, the son of a preacher, who rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks upon a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success, failure and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really is.”
In reality, this movie is so much more. It’s a great family film that you can watch with your whole family. No strong language or any nudity at all. Yes, it is centered around the birth of rock and roll so there is some smoking and drinking. But the “Hero” refuses drink after drink and never smokes. I found it as a pastor a refreshing change of pace to the movies of old where they didn’t have to be vulgar to sell movies.
At its heart this is a movie about finding ones calling in life and the struggle to do so. Beyond that it is a movie about the weight of secrets and how they can affect a family. Ray Liota and Ashley Judd are wonderful as the pastor and his wife who love their son all the while trying to keep the secret of his birth. I was surprised by the star who of course plays two roles as Ryan Wade and music superstar Drexel Hemsley. Blake Ryane is a successful Elvis Impersonator and while everyone says the Drexel character isn’t based on Elvis the resemblance of the early Drexel is certainly uncanny. Besides a great look at family and discovering ones purpose in life, it is also a great look at the birth and heyday of early rock and roll.
The film releases on DVD and Blue Ray on January 13th, and it is a great buy that is a fun film for a family movie night and the sound track has twenty-two original songs on it that will have your feet taping and your whole family boogie woogieing the hours away. However, the people at City of Peace films has given me an extra copy to give away. So everyone who comments on this blog post below will be entered in a drawling to win a copy of their very own. Contest ends Friday January 16th, and the winner will be announced on the 19th. So enter bellow and good luck. Nevertheless, win or lose, you’ll be a winner if you grab a copy of this video and the soundtrack for your family.