Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me Movie Review and Giveaway!

Country Music is a new thing to me. Well, not completely… but it is a new thing for me to listen to willingly. About 89 days ago, my best friend found out that one of her favorites, Zac Brown Band, was going to be having a concert locally and she informed me that I was going with her! Well, anything with my BFF is a blast, so she gave me some homework and I too fell in love with ZBB!

Then  last week I was asked if I would be interested in previewing the movie Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Meso I said YES!

This film is from the producer of “Walk the Line” which is another movie I REALLY enojoyed! Here is a brief description…

In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force.

This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song.

GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

This movie opens with Glen and his wife, Kim viewing some home movies. The way he talks and the way he forgets reminded me of my Great-Grandma Rose. She did not have Alzheimer’s, but she did have dementia which is VERY similar. (I won’t get into the difference here, but this article has some great information if you would like to read further.) I can recall as a pre-teen my Great Grandma Rose saying “Le-sha, come here. You didn’t say hi to me.” I would respond “I did Grandma Rose.” but would still go say hi, and answer the same questions I had just answered 20 minutes before. One day I remember vividly, I went through this with her no less than 5 times. Being the first grandchild of my grandparents, I was the one she remembered most and the one she tended to want to talk to the most. We had her with us a long time after her diagnosis – long enough that we had 5 generations living for 11 full months. Great Grandma Rose passed away just 3 days after my daughter, Zoe, turned 11 months old. Zoe did get to meet her Great-Great-Grandma!! Grandma Rose (though she was not longer talking) was fascinated by baby Zoe and lit up when Zoe was next to her! Zoe and Grandma Rose were infatuated with each other and that memory will stay with me!!

But I digress! When Glen Campbell is first diagnosed, you can tell that he in some ways understands, but he’s not bothered by it because he can’t remember! Through the progression of the film you see the love and devotion of his family (three of his children performed on stage with him!), his crew and his fans. Glen is a man who has made such a difference in the lives of so many, who loved (or loves!) and is loved in return. Yes, life became difficult for his wife, Kim once he was diagnosed – but she takes care of him. She still loves him. I know that is the hardest part. When someone is still with you, but they’re not. The person you love is there physically, but emotionally and mentally – they are gone. It’s heart breaking and I admit – I cried watching this. This film does an amazing job at highlighting the causes and effects of Alzheimer’s on not only the patient, but their family and loved ones.

The end of the film shows Glen recording a song titled “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – oh my gosh! The tears! 

I’m still here, but yet I’m gone…

You’re the last person I will love
You’re the last face I will recall
And best of all
I’m not gonna miss you

Oh, my. Heartstrings pulled, tears flowing, tissue in use. But now it’s time to stop crying! BECAUSE… I get to give away something awesome to one of YOU!!! First the boring stuff..

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

And now for the fun!

I get to give away to ONE winner, a 5 song EP download of songs from the film! There are 4 ways to earn an entry:

1. Leave a blog post comment telling me if you are a Country Music fan!

2. Go like my Facebook page!

3. View the movie trailer on YouTube!

4. Sign up for my email list!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway is open NOW and will remain open for one week! As soon as it’s over, I will choose a winner and notify them right away! If I don’t have a response within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen! I really hope you take the time to enjoy this film and to enter! Oh gosh I hope you win!!

About Alicia

Alicia is a Jesus loving, homeschooling, mini-van driving, food loving, gluten-free-cuz-I-have-to-be, fun loving, choir mamaing, bike riding, So Cal born and raised solo mama to 2 amazing kiddos with 3 cats, a ginormous dog and the 2 cutest nieces ever! She had a deep passion for cooking and baking that left with her Celiac disease diagnosis in 2013, but has now returned as she experiments with and tests recipes to make them delicious and enjoyable even without the gluten! You can find all sorts of random thoughts, ideas and whatever else pops into her completely random mind right here at Big Black Trash Bag!
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