Musical/Performing Arts and Adaptation. Rated R. 1 hour, 51 minutes.
Credit credit: FOX Searchlight Pictures
Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart.
aging, alcoholic country music singer/songwriter who is well past
his prime begins a relationship with a woman significantly younger
Review: I enjoyed
this movie, despite the depressing nature of the subject matter.
(Bridges) is a former country music legend reduced to touring
the southwest playing dive bars and bowling alleys. His manager
and record label isnt necessarily looking for new material,
unless Blake is willing to partner with one of his former protégés
on a record deal.
Blake is content to
continue driving his Chevy from gig to gig, living off a steady
diet of whiskey and take out, until he meets a local journalist
- Jean (Gyllenhaal) - who interviews him. He is drawn to her,
as she is to him, despite the massive age and lifestyle differences.
Jean also has a young son.
Jean and Blake strike
up a budding relationship, but she needs a stability that the
self-destructive Blake just cant provide, even though he
yearns to do so.
A series of events
occurs in which Blake is forced to consider his mortality. Most
of the film is focused on Jean discovering the man behind the
musician, while Blake is forced to contend with his compulsive
To write any more about
the films plot would rob the viewer of an opportunity to
fully appreciate the story.
Bridges is excellent,
very deserving of his 2010 Oscar, despite a fine showing from
Colin Firth in A Single Man. Gyllenhaal continues to impress,
and Colin Farrell is surprisingly good as Blakes protégé,
While Im solidly
recommending this movie, I will add that I have heard a number
of people complain that there isnt much to the film other
than a lot of drinking and swearing by the lead character. This
is a fair criticism, but those individuals are missing the deeper
context this is a man plagued by failed marriages, poor
decisions, and the need to numb himself at every turn. Watching
him seek redemption while he tries to hold on to the love of a
good woman overrides those complaints.
Crazy Heart may not
require a viewing in a theatre, but youll certainly want
to watch it on DVD.
credit: FOX Searchlight Pictures
Heart movie poster