Monday, March 8, 2010
I think after last night's Oscar's this film will get more attention. Hopefully it will linger in theaters a bit longer so you guys can get a chance to check it out. "Crazy Heart" really does ride on the shoulder's of Jeff Bridges. His performance as washed up country music star "Bad" Blake is charming, raw, nuanced and endearing... even when his character is a bit of a fuckup... His performance (and his costars) elevate the film above what could've been simply a cliche'd story or basic Movie-of-the-Week style character bit.
The supporting cast was also excellent. Maggie Gyllenhaal is superb, playing a woman probably burned a few times by men just like Blake, but she still can't help falling for him. Colin Farrell appears as Blake's former protege and successful country singer and Robert Duvall as Blake's best friend and bartender.
The cinematography is simple but nuanced, and the film seems to have been shot entirely on locations. The music (by T. Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham) is top-notch. I'm not a fan of country music but I've considered buying the soundtrack b/c I just loved old Bad Blake so much...lol.
"Crazy Heart" is this year's "The Wrestler"....