“Crazy Heart” with a Good Ol’ Country Tune

Genres: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.
Release Date: December 16th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language and brief sexuality.
Distributors: Fox Searchlight Pictures


Directed by: Scott Cooper

JJ Rating: A

Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a washed up country singer. He goes from bowling ally to bar to drinking to smoking and he sometimes entertains with singing. He is jealous of Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), someone he “taught everything he knews” to, who became more famous. Bad accepts an interview with Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and a relationship blooms. Crazy Heart.

It’s a story about a man spiraling into his own personal hell. It is rather a simple story that almost lasts the breaking point of 2 hours. It was like a grandfather telling a story of his past life. It was enthralling. It was enjoyable. It was amazingly good.

Jeff Bridges was astonishing. He played pitiful, painful, pathetic, pleasurable, pleasing and positively possible. I was not really sure who could win Best Actor when the Oscars rolled around, but that’s changed. Jeff Bridges brings about the best acting from an actor this Oscar season. I do not see how he can lose. I don’t see who can beat him. Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake allows him to span an emotional range that is unmatched. The closes person to him this season is George Clooney, but he doesn’t come within ten steps of Bridges.

Maggie Gyllenhall is a protective mother who plays from pain of past relationships. She is emotionally mobile. Colin Farrell is southern. If you want to see something that is interesting in every essence of the word, then you’ll see this film to see Farrell as a country singer. He does a fantastic job. My jaw just dropped literally hearing him speak. He was convincing. Not totally southern, but enough to be believable. He did amazing work. I should complain about how they didn’t get a real southerner like people complain about not getting the right color or a real physically handicapped person. Lame complainers.

Bridges and Farrell both actually sing. The songs are country like country roots country. I like country so I like the songs. I like the twang. I like the dirt sound of the lyrics and the grit of the vocals. It just sounded like good ol’ country boys singing.

It was great to see Crazy Heart in Houston. Bad lives in Houston. When he drives into Houston there was the skyline and with it a gasp in the audience. Why? Because there have been many tricks in films of them stating things are in Houston and they really are not. We were all shocked that they actually decided to really be in Houston. It was awesome. Though the traffic that he was not in while coming into Houston was odd it was still neato cool to see the Houston skyline.

The story was simple in that Bad drank and smoked and didn’t care. Then when he did care he was so far in his own personal hell that he couldn’t seem to find a way out until he’s shocked. It’s a life story. It’s a emotional wonderment. It’s fantastically simple and powerfully wowing. It’s like I said a grandpa story.

I think that if you are interested in the Oscar nods and you want to see why Jeff Bridges was nominated and why he should win hands down, then you should see Crazy Heart. Let us not forget Farrell’s southern accent should have you really interested in seeing the film. You’ll leave the theater thinking that no one else deserves to win as much as he does. You might even do a bit of two-steppin’, singin’ and start talkin’ as if you gots a southern drawl yourself….

…and the winner of Best Actor is….JEFF BRIDGES! And if not…to hell with them.

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