Having gotten the casting right, what did Music get so wrong? To me from where I see it, this film is not half as awful and offensive as it is being made out to be. Agreed it is not as tender as the tale of two half-sisters one a drug dealer the other autistic getting to know one another belatedly, ought to be. The treatment of the theme is more psychedelic and sentimental and the beast that this film eventually turns out to be is very different from the normal traditional sibling-reunion films.
Music is essentially a celebration of misfits, non-conformists who can’t fit in even if they want to. Besides the two sisters, there is Ebo a boxer (played with feeling by Leslie Odom Junior) who has AIDS, and a Korean boy Felix(Beti Calvillo) whose father is hellbent on making his son a “man” no matter what it takes. They all somehow watch over the autistic (and artistic) Music and participate in the music videos that she creates in her head.
These characters don’t really come together as much as they suffer together, trying to find a common ground to feel safe wanted and protected. Music celebrates vulnerabilities with lots of colour and music. Though it’s a film about social misfits it is not a downbeat depressing film. Somehow Kate Hudson and her director Sia prod the sunshine awake even when gloom is the prevalent perfume.