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Review: The Greatest Hits



In the realm of cinema, there are few things as disappointing as a film that promises a unique premise but delivers a lackluster execution. "The Greatest Hits" falls victim to this pitfall with stunning precision. While its concept of using music as a vehicle for time travel and romance initially sounds intriguing, the film ultimately crumbles under the weight of its own misguided ambitions. And if you are a big music fan and a vinyl collector, the details of the film might just drive you mad.

One of the most glaring flaws of "The Greatest Hits" lies in its inability to establish a cohesive identity. Is it a romantic comedy? A tale of grief and healing? A reflection on the power of letting go? The film seems uncertain of its own intentions, resulting in a muddled narrative that fails to engage on any meaningful level.

Harriet, portrayed by Lucy Boynton, is a protagonist adrift in a sea of grief after the loss of her boyfriend. It has been two years and she still cannot begin to move on, clinging to the past and wanting to change it. The setup has the opportunity to be moving yet her journey feels hollow and devoid of genuine emotion. Rather than delving into the complexities of her grief, the film reduces her to a caricature of sorrow, leaving audiences with little reason to invest in her plight. This is partly due to how little we learn about the man she is grieving.

Similarly, the romantic dynamics between Harriet and David (Justin H. Min), the new love interest, fails to ignite any sparks. Their interactions feel contrived and uninspired, robbing the film of any semblance of genuine romance. We get familiar rom-com beats but so much of it feels empty due to a lack of real chemistry between the leads.


Perhaps most egregious is the film's mishandling of its central conceit: music as a catalyst for time travel. While this premise has the potential to be captivating, "The Greatest Hits" squanders it with lackluster execution and an underwhelming soundtrack. Instead of immersing audiences in the nostalgia and emotion of Harriet's time-traveling experiences, the film opts for clunky exposition and superficial dialogue, further diminishing its impact.


It's clear that "The Greatest Hits" suffers from a fundamental lack of direction and vision. Writer-director Ned Benson's attempt to blend elements of romance, grief, and time travel results in a disjointed mess of a film that fails to resonate on any meaningful level. The film ultimately falls short of its lofty ambitions.

In the end, "The Greatest Hits" is a forgettable misfire that squanders its intriguing premise in favor of tired romantic-comedy clichés and uninspired storytelling. It fails to live up to the expectations set by its premise. In a landscape oversaturated with derivative romantic comedies, "The Greatest Hits" is just another forgettable tune in an endless sea of mediocre rom-coms.


2/5

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