How she says it’s supposed, as it can be, to seem absurd. Here’s a glowing, headstrong young girl, dressed in jeans and a cowboy hat. She is an image of Americana.
Unrequited love has taken several forms in the films, but in”Yellow Rose,” loyalty is refused by a nation. Rose, 17, lives with her mother, Priscilla (Princess Punzalan), in the motel where she works as a cleaner. At the night time when Rose and a guitar-shop buddy Elliot (Liam Booth) slip into Austin to watch Dale Watson (playing himself) perform in the Broken Spoke dance hall, Priscilla is accepted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, imprisoned and soon deported to Manila. Rose narrowly escapes the ICE raid, also is left distraught and independently. She improvises a life of her own in Texas, a predicament coinciding with her stirring as a state musician.
The contrasts of”Yellow Rose” are crude. It is a part of a”Star Is Born”-styled coming-of-age narrative, a part immigrant nightmare. This makes for an often moving, sometimes clunky spin on the contemporary American musical, in which an aspiring, hugely gifted singer making her way through boozy bars desires refuge as far as she does a large break. The script could be overly heightened and vulnerable to jumps of coincidence, and specifics are occasionally lacking. However, the center of”Yellow Rose” is accurate, a nod to Noblezada’s powerful presence and her ability to buckle the movie’s first tunes.
It is the first movie for Noblezada, the Tony-nominated celebrity of the new Broadway revival of”Miss Saigon,” along with also a cast member of”Hadestown.” She gets the transition Noblezada’s functionality is fiery and intense. She is best when reverse Watson (who becomes her mentor) and the Broken Spoke proprietor Jolene (Libby Villari), who brings a welcome naturalism into the movie.
“Yellow Rose” sometimes rolls on the daily terror of additional undocumented immigrants — ICE is always just around the corner. (One broker, perhaps unrealistically, allows Rose to go through a raid on the Broken Spoke.) But considering the movie’s proximity to the Mexican boundary, it might have expanded its scope to integrate Hispanic characters over a short encounter with a fast captured fellow kitchen employee. However, “Yellow Rose” sings an upsetting, sorrowful, and rebellious tune where dreams collide with a cruel reality.
“Yellow Rose,” a Sony Pictures release, is rated PG-13 from the Motion Picture Association of America for a few strong languages, and adolescent drinking.