Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Jan 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A week in the life of a young folk singer during the 1960’s.
My Take on it – I had heard about this movie months ago and it was originally considered to be the Oscar front-runner.
The momentum tho died down and in the end it only received two Oscar nominations – in Cinematography and in Sound Mixing. I don’t think it has a chance to win either of them.
This movie had a great nostalgic feeling and they do a great job of transporting us to that time and place.
The story is somewhat simplistic, but that’s the beauty here since the movie is about a man and his music. He isn’t the most likeable guy around and he argues with everyone, but we actually like him throughout the movie and we want to know what will happen to him even after the movie is over.
That shows the genius of the Coen’s, since they know how to take a very simplistic story and make is so interesting.
The music by T-Bone Burnett is excellent and it reminded me a lot of his music from Crazy Heart (2009). Many of the tunes are quite catchy and I found myself humming along throughout.
As good as it is, there is still something missing that would make this movie great.
I wish I knew what that was because the potential is definitely there 😦
Bottom Line – Interesting story with a great musical score. Not the Coen brother’s best film, but still done extremely well. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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