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19 Feb 2010
14 Jun 2010
97% of raters want to see this movie
Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man's crazy heart.
Sarah Jane Morris
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Really good movie with fantastic performances all around, in particular from the legendary Mr. Bridges. Almost feels like it could be a biopic. Well worth a look.
Well, Jeff Bridges really deserved that oscar. I liked him a lot in the movie. Anyway it is worth to see this!
Strong lead, cool music and and ok story.
i be amazed if jeff bridges doesnt win the oscar for this
While the performances are excellent, I was somewhat disappointed with this. Just not as good as all the hype. Just a re-doing of The Wrestler, but with a country singer. Worth a look but not the classic it is being protrayed as.
With a career lasting almost all his life and around 80 T.V and television projects it is hard to believe that Jeff Bridges has never won an Oscar. He has been nominated four times yet has never taken the gold home but if IMDb's user poll is anything to go by that will end this year. Because Crazy Heart is not only going to bring Bridges his much deserved Oscar but it will also be the performance that defines his career. Crazy Heart is the story of 'Bad' Blake Nelson and his comeback to the music industry. He is alcoholic, washed up and plays only in small bars across America. Every night he picks up a lonely one night stand and has no relationships with anyone. I will be sitting here watching when Jeff Bridges walks up to the stage and is finally handed the Oscar after a long wait. But if he loses, which is highly unlikely, his performance is still exceptional and his best since The Big Lebowski. Bad Blake is a a typical character for this kind of film. Selfish, charming but ultimately self-destructive yet he brings a unique quality to him with his display. Now this is not the most original film and for me, was effectively a mix between Walk the Line and The Wrestler. Despite the recycled material the film remains gripping thanks to Bridges phenomenal display. The stars keep the story moving and propel the story. It's a little slow moving but never becomes too tedious. The film is defined by the delicate moments, the beautiful songs and the wisdom of Bridges' characters. The dialogue is moving and makes many of the most memorable scenes better. The film contains some of the finest scenes in any film this year and some of my personal favourites, and they almost all come from his interactions with Maggie Gyllehaals Jean Craddock. The first is when asks for his real name to which he replies "My gravestone will have my real name on it, until then I'm gonna stay bad". Then when asked where his songs come from he cooly states "Life, unfortunately". And the film would be worse if not for the beauty of Blakes song. Weary Kind, the Oscar nominated tune, says more about his character than he ever could. The song expresses the pain, regret and pleasure of Blakes life and is the perfect theme for the film. The film also marks the directorial debut for Scott Cooper and this is perhaps the best first feature I've ever seen. His direction is pitch perfect and he captures every shot wonderfully. Whether he is filming the American skyline, a glint in an eye or an intimate concert he does so superbly and it is clear that he handled the project with great care. It is visually stunning and makes the film more heartbreaking and outright outstanding. The supporting cast are all generally quite impressive too. Gyllenhaal, as usual, is fantastic. The actress is charming, elegant and more than deserves her Oscar nomination for this. I personally think she deserves the Oscar over Mo'nique and her extremely mediocre display in Precious but I know she won't win. Robert Duvall also does a brilliant job but unfortunately wasn't given enough screen time to really make a substantial impact. Farrell on the other hand is the weak link in the cast. He was entirely unconvincing in his role. I, among others, found it impossible to believe that his character was more popular than Bridges'. He didn't get a lot of screen time but he got enough to show me he really isn't the most versatile actor. He is great in films where he has a gun or a sword in his hand and he is killing bad guys but when he has to be more subtle with a guitar in his hand he doesn't impress as much. So all in all Crazy Heart is an amazing film and one of the few ones released in Oscar season actually worth the acclaim. The cast are generally great, the direction perfect and Bridges gives perhaps his best display to date. The film is genuinely affecting, heartbreaking and powerful. If you liked The Wrestler or are a fan of musical films such as Ray, Walk The Line etc then this is the film for you. There are flaws but ultimately they are just slight problems in this beautiful masterpiece.
Kind of like the Wrestler with added guitars! Decent film raised up to something better with an unbelievable performance by the legend that is Jeff Bridges.
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