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May 29, 2012
Review: Tonight You’re Mine
— Posted by Kenny Miles
Synopsis: TONIGHT YOU’RE MINE IS A FREE-WHEELING rock ‘n’ roll love story set against the raucous magnificence and unforgettable sounds of Scotland’s leading music Festival. The film features Luke Treadaway (Brothers of the Head, Clash of the Titans) as strutting indie star Adam, one half of globally successful duo The Make. Arriving at T in the Park for his gig, during an impromptu backstage fight, Adam finds himself accidentally handcuffed to punky girl-band The Dirty Pink’s leader Morello (Natalia Tena – Mrs Henderson Presents, Harry Potter) and they have to spend the following 24 hours inseparably joined together.
The downside to an indie film is when they embrace their clichés of being poorly shot and dreadfully boring. When this occurs, they never make the case for the skeptical and cynical to enjoy the experience, but rather lament the elitist style. Misery increases when the lame plot felt like something out of a Katherine Hiegel romantic comedy. Such is the case with the indie music drama “Tonight You’re Mine” a narrative romantic comedy set during “T In The Park”, what’s considered Soctland’s largest music festival.
The film stars Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans) as indie musician Adam, in the famous pop band The Make. He’s understandably narcissistic and doesn’t make for an interesting leading man for a film. During his arrival to the music festival Adam ends up accidentally handcuffed to lead singer Morello (Natalia Tena of Harry Potter) of The Dirty Pink, an all girl punk band. They spend the next 24 hours attached to one another and have to put up with each other. The chemically enhanced randomness and high jinks of a music festival ensue. Both Adam and Morello get to know each other, put up with each other, and then slowly fall for each other.
The opening sequence of “Tonight You’re Mine” contained the fascinating spastic moments of the film where the rest of the movie never lived up. The band The Wake films their music video cramped and squished in the back seat of a driving car. The intricate opening credits lead the rest of the film to nowhere. For 76 additional minutes, it all goes down here from there! Nothing interesting occurs in the film as both Adam and Morello meet up with others at the music festival. Watching people have all the fun as nothing for the sake of the narrative develops is the equivalent to watching someone else play a video game.
Originally titled “You Instead” when released overseas, “Tonight You’re Mine” falls for many indie clichés as well as romantic comedy ones. Long pans on concert footage, scenes where others incoherently ramble on. Some does something awkward and goofy. The couple even tumbles in the mud before an emotional breakdown. They even embrace one another showering off the mud as they appear to be falling in love. The movie fairly predictably ends with them kissing on stage during a big show with their smooching projected on a large screen. The movie was so sophomoric and immature I’d expect “Tonight You’re Mine” to be remade in the States with a member of One Direction and Carly Jepsen Rae handcuffed together. An alternative title could be called “Cuff Me, Maybe.”
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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