Gerald Wright's Movie Coverage
CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY MOVIE REVIEW
Directed by: Elizabeth Lucas
Running time: 105 min.
Release date: Sept. 3, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy, and Musical
Distributor: CAVU Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not rated
In CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY, filmmaker Elizabeth Lucas along with the thoughtful and creative musical talent of writers Becca Ayers, Julie Danao, and Vedant Gokhate and other cast members make cinemata that emphasizes and showcases full-scale song and dance. The backdrop captures the deep sense of emotional loss and terror in the shadow of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Towers.
Families and friends of the victims, the residents of lower Manhattan, the neighbors of the now demolished twin towers, received a powerful emotional blow that forever altered their lives. The cast of the collateral damaged people consist of many different characters such as Rose (Becca Ayers), an artist, who spirals downwards even as her boyfriend, Kyle (Asa Somers), who throws himself into climbing the corporate ladder. Daniel (Jeremy Schonfeld) and Reena (Julie Danao) who are starting a new family, but face the ghost of his ex-fiancee whom he lost in the 9/11 attack in their new relationship, Caroline (Jan O'Dell), a steely businesswoman searching for her lost son - and herself - after a devastating injury, Sam (Cassandra Kubinski), a wanna-be actress newly arrived in the city and dumped by her boyfriend from back home, and her roommate Etta (Erin Hill) a quirky Sci-Fi enthusiast with a troubled wealthy family, puzzling over how to find love and fulfillment.
Meanwhile, Ricardo (Robi Hager) a soulful porter, and Jain, (Verdant Gokhate) who drifts unfocused from job to job, as well as two musicians - the exuberant front-man for the musical rock group Heavy Sex Trio, Syd (Brother Love), and the seemingly anonymous street performer, Jack (Greg Naughton), find their lives impacting others in collective works healing the wounds of September 11, 2001. The entire cast gives brilliant performances of their stories in every scene.
Before this relationship between music and emotion is empirically observed, the filmmaker uses music in connection with the film's plot to bring out that intangible element of dialogue. The effects of the film music using qualitative content analysis seems to polarize the emotional atmosphere and influence the plot by giving the existence of a psychological connection between music and emotion. I could not help but to feel the anguish as each scenario developed. The life changing situations are very well performed as the characters adjust personal outlooks, recommit to relationships, find religion, and rediscover family ties.
This is the only musical film that I have found that collectively shares the tragedy and gives remedy by analyzing what happened on that sad day in history. The end goal is for everyone to better understand the legacy of September 11th.
FILM RATING (A+)