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The Greatest Hits Review: Exploring the Effect of Music

The Greatest Hits explores the deep connection that we have with music, as well as its ability to transport us to another time and place.

The Greatest Hits review

Most people will agree that music has the ability to transport us to another place and time. Certain songs can trigger memories, whether they are fond memories or not. That is what The Greatest Hits is all about. 

Harriet (Lucy Boynton) discovers that music can do this for her, however it is quite literal. When she listens to songs that were a key moment in her relationship with her boyfriend (David Corenswet) who tragically passed away, she finds herself back with him. While she can change what she does, she cannot seem to effect his decisions, meaning try as she might, she cannot save him from his unexpected death.

Her friends and family wish she would move on, but she finds herself obsessed with trying to change the past. During a group grief counseling session, she crosses paths with Justin H. Min. The two feel a spark, however she is still determined to go back to the past, which makes forming a new relationship very difficult. 

The Greatest Hits review

The Greatest Hits is quite predictable. Pretty much from the start of the movie, it is clear how it is all going to end. But that doesn’t mean that the journey with Harriet isn’t still entertaining. It is. And thankfully it is a clean ninety minutes so there isn’t a whole lot of fluff. The pacing is on point and we are able to explore the themes of grief, love, and selflessness that are woven throughout.

On top of that, we get some great tunes and a soundtrack that many viewers will want to own on vinyl — although hopefully it won’t send us back in time literally. When Harriet experiences her time travel, they are portrayed in a beautiful way. Lense flares and blurred images create this feeling of actually stepping back into time so it is clear to us where she is at all times.

Time travel can get dicey and confusing in films, but The Greatest Hits tackles it perfectly.

The Greatest Hits review

Viewers go on this journey of heartbreak, determination, nostalgia, and grief with Harriet. And for the most part, they will heavily relate to this. We all have something in our past that we wish we could change and we have all lost someone that has meant the world to us.

Lucy Boynton does a wonderful job of allowing the audience to feel what she is feeling. This is a struggle for her, especially when someone new enters her life and she is unsure how to handle it. She has great on screen chemistry with both Justin and David, which helps us feel how torn she is on what she should do.

Even with this film being a predictable romance movie with a twist, due to a short runtime and some incredible performances, it is a fun and intriguing watch. It is commonly said that music has the ability to bring us back to the moments where we first heard the song, or certain key times in our lives, this is just a visual representation of that. 

Rating: 3 out of 5

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About The Greatest Hits

Harriet (Lucy Boynton) finds art imitating life when she discovers certain songs can transport her back in time – literally. While she relives the past through romantic memories of her former boyfriend (David Corenswet), her time travelling collides with a burgeoning new love interest in the present (Justin H. Min).

As she takes her journey through the hypnotic connection between music and memory, she wonders – even if she could change the past, should she?

The Greatest Hits comes to select theaters April 5th. Only on Hulu April 12.