SWAN SONG – Review by T. J. Callahan

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In his first starring role, Mahershala Ali hopes Swan Song trumpets his talents as a leading man for quite a while. In this near future thriller, Ali plays a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who secretly clones himself to save his family the grief of losing him…and giving the viewer lots of moral and ethical questions to ponder.

But I had a few housekeeping questions as well: How was the cloning done? What’s his illness? How did his wife not know he was sneaking off to recreate himself? Didn’t she notice lots of money missing from their bank account because this procedure couldn’t be free? Will his schnitzengruben still work?

So, as good as the performances are in this film and mp matter how unique and original this story is, Swan Song leaves us treading water. Ali, reunited with his Moonlight co-star, Naomi Harris, digs deep debating about whether or not to alter his family’s fate and how much he’s willing to sacrifice.

Glenn Close is a pseudo Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen), who tries to assure that her carefully calculated concept of molecular regeneration is the right thing to do.

If you like to debate movies after viewing, Swan Song is for you, but if you are a creature of plausibility, hum a different tune. My husband, Ricky, says Swan Song is no ugly duckling, he gives the film 2 eyes open.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on houstonradioplatinum.com and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.