Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Crazy Heart 2009

Jeff Bridges has consistently demonstrated his great quality as an actor. I can think of numerous films that he has participated that his acting as well as his presence have been memorable. From Tron and Starman all the way to Tucker, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Fisher King and The Big Lebowsky to mention a few. Finally his work has been recognized by Hollywood. I don’t think that for new actors receiving an oscar means anything, just another commercial act, however for actors with the trajectory of Briges that means a lot. 

The story is not particularly new, Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many time, basically an alcoholic. Still having a great wild heart, he can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist played by Maggie Gylenhall 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. You can’t help liking this character and feeling sorry about his condition.

Bridges has always been interested in music, he has been in a band for a long time, in case of the music for the film, there was nothing exceptional about the songs that Presley sang, the same can be said about Bridges in this film. There's nothing exceptional in the film except for his excellent performance. Everybody, from the cast did an excellent job, but this is Bridge's film. He is in every scene and you can't take your eyes off of him. The storyline maybe old and reworked, but I did like the way the characters made choices that were unexpected. I have never been a fan of Colin Farrell but I think he does a good job and he can sing with some feeling. Robert Duvall has a small part but he always does a good job. It is a film that a definitely recommend. Good for Jeff Bridges 

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