Writer: Paul Murray (Screenplay)
Starring: Jordanne Jones, Leah McNamara, Moe Dunford, Sean Doyle, Aaron Heffernan, Jason O’Mara, Yasmine Akram
Plot: There is much rivalry between twin sisters Emma and Chantal, quite different in just about every way, when their mysterious young neighbour moves back in.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Must See
Story: Metal Heart starts as we meet the two twin sisters, Emma (Jones) who is an outsider, while Chantal (McNamara) is the popular one that has a plan for her life, they are both about to start the college stage of their lives, only they have 6 weeks alone after their parents go travelling.
Emma wants to work with Gary (Doyle) to finally get their band off their feet and when she meets Dan (Dunford) a man that used to be in band who could teach her about being in a band and stepping forward in her life.
Thoughts on Metal Heart
Characters – Emma has been the outsider of the twins, she doesn’t have the confidence of her sister, she wants her own path in music, she wants to jump straight into music, without looking at much of a career plan. Emma has the summer to get the band together only after the change of events between her and Chantal, Emma sees her life starting to open up in a new direction. Chantal is the popular sister, she has her life planned out for years to come, she doesn’t always get on with Emma, but she will always try to push her into coming out of her shell, she does get injured and isn’t willing to let her friends see her. Dan is the washed up rocker who befriends Emma with music knowledge, he is older and has his own gambling problems, he only puts the relationship between the sister on a new level of bad, even if he does help Emma come out of her shell. Gary and Alan are both the guys that love the girls, they see the competition from Dan and want to find a way to show their love to them.
Performances – Jordanne Jones and Leah McNamara are both wonderful together, they show the difference in their characters and the changes they both make over the summer. Moe Dunford shows us just how a charmer will get what they want. Sean Doyle and Aaron Heffernan are great too in the supporting roles.
Story – The story here follows twins who have their last summer together, they have different lives, which change over the summer as they learn more about life just before they take the biggest step in their own lives. This story shows us just how difficult life can be in the shadow of a more popular sibling, despite needing to learn what life is really about, mistakes will need to be made to understand who the most important people in life. There is a lot of heart in the story, with the coming-of-age elements shining through here, the message is clear, make what you want out of your own life.
Comedy/Romance – The comedy in this film mostly comes from the guys reacting to everything which works because it doesn’t become too relent on the comedy, with the romance showing us what it would be like to make mistakes and not see what could be.
Settings – The film uses the settings to show how the girls swap positions with Emma going out to the world more, something she wouldn’t normally do.
Scene of the Movie – The party.
Final Thoughts – This is a delightful movie that deserves more eyes on it, we have two great leading performances and a clear message about making the most out of your own life.