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I am happy to say I have a 5 song EP soundtrack from the film to give away. One lucky winner will receive the soundtrack that features Glen Campbell, Ashley Campbell, and The Band Perry. Place your name in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win.* This giveaway is only valid in the USA & Canada.
Recently I had the opportunity to watch an advance viewing of the movie, I’ll Be Me, a work that chronicles music legend Glen Campbell and his fight with Alzheimer’s Disease. This film recounts the time shortly after Glen publicly announced he had the illness, and then follows him on his last tour, his farewell to his fans. This movie is many things, among them: amazing, intense and moving.
It is amazing someone with his condition, even with the help of his family, could accomplish what he does. Despite so many of his faculties failing, he was still able to perform, not just one last time, but to go on to do one hundred fifty-one shows.
Granted, there was a teleprompter when he performed, and he wasn’t always perfect. But he was singing and playing from a place within himself that was still able to make music. At the same time he was doing this, he was having trouble identifying the names of his children. Yet there was so much music in him, he could still play the guitar and sing. In fact, continuing to sing seemed to help him function longer.
It was intensely moving to see how open his family was to allow cameras into personal areas of their lives. Some good, and some bad is shown. Viewers get a small glimpse of how very difficult it is for a family to function when one of the members has Alzheimer’s. The Campbell family will earn your respect by showing how hard they work to make sure what Glen does is honoring for him, and not something that tears him down.
I would have liked I’ll Be Me to have been more about Glen Campbell the man, and not just Glen Campbell, an artist with Alzheimer’s. It would have been a deeper experience to have more information about his background and his success, with more footage of him performing during the early days. There was a tiny amount of classic clippings at the movie’s beginning, but it was gone through very quickly.
This film is obviously going to be used as a vehicle to support Alzheimer’s awareness, and that is a noble cause. Many families, including my own, have been personally touched by that horrific disease. However, it would have made the movie richer had more of Glen’s classic material been included, and woven throughout the film. His fan’s would have enjoyed that, and for those who don’t know Glen, it would have been a great opportunity to enlighten them.
That being said, this is a worthwhile movie to see. It was courageous on the part of Glen and his family to open themselves up so completely in a film, to be so transparent and vulnerable. Viewers will emphasize with Glen, his wife, and his family as they live through their journey, and trust in God. You will laugh, cry, and cheer them on throughout it.
On a personal note: My husband and I attended a live performance Glen Campbell gave near the end of September 2001. In the turmoil filled days following the 911 attack, we like so many, were feeling numb from the shock. We debated attending the show, and nearly didn’t go. Doing something normal almost felt wrong during those first few weeks. But attend we did, and Glen gave a wonderful performance. For a few hours, we were transported to a cheerful place far away from the madness that had descended on our world. We were so glad we made the decision to go.
Like all his other fans, I was saddened to learn Glen Campbell had Alzheimer’s, and cherish the memory I have of his outstanding performance.
This movie will be released in phases, beginning October 24, 2014. Please see this website to know when it will come to a theater near you: http://glencampbellmovie.com/events/category/theatrical-release/
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