Year of release: 2009
Director: Scott Cooper
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Tom Bower, Beth Grant, Rick Dial, Paul Herman
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
Synopsis:Scott Cooper's directorial debut adapts the novel of Thomas Cobb about a 57 year old, down on his luck country singer named Bad Blake. Blake goes around the country singing in Bowling Alleys, small clubs, all the while desperately trying to gain the momentum he once had. Blake is also a chronic alcoholic and leads a lifestyle that is driving him to an early death. On one of his concerts, Blake meets Jean a young reporter, trying to make a name for herself in the music business. They both start a relationship that forces Blake to re-evaluate his life.
"Crazy Heart" is a film that has been seen and done before. Where it's strength lie is in the performances that it captures. Jeff Bridges has always been a fantastic actor and he really invests his enormous talent in this character. Bad Blake is a man haunted by failed relationships and by the fear of being alone. He has a son he has not seen in years and Jean and her son represent the restart of a life he almost had. Jean herself is a young woman trying to provide a steady life for her young son, desperately trying to make the right choices. Her fears towards Blake force him to take hold of his life. The film also allows for Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall to shine in small roles. Though not a fantastically accomplished film, it allows for it's actors to showcase their talent and artistry. Worth checking.