This biopic, based on John Denver's autobiography, will be enjoyed by hardcore fans (like me) but is still awful in many ways. The story begins in the early 60s as John (Chad Lowe, looking exactly like Dana Carvey in "Wayne's World") begins his folk singing career. He meets Annie (Kristin Davis) and falls in love on the spot. They marry and move to Aspen, but as John's career takes off, tension builds in the marriage. They divorce, he has a short second marriage, and he discovers his love of flying, something that finally earns his stern father's (Gerald McRaney) respect.
This movie is the Cliffs Notes summary of John's life but there is no depth or real emotion; it's just poorly-written and amateurish. Lowe mugs shamelessly throughout, playing a grinning innocent who never seems to grow up. (In fact, though the film covers thirty years, no one ages.) Davis is very pretty but the horrible script doesn't give her much chance to develop. McRaney plays the only character who seems real, and he's the villain of the piece.
The story is shallow and rushed; John's personality never comes through. Lowe's hair is so laughable and distracting that the movie just doesn't have a chance. Although we hear Denver sing many of his songs, Lowe is terrible at lip-syncing. The DVD extras are worthless; where's some footage of the real JD we loved?