Thanks again to Debbie at Moon in Gemini for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In and it is Documentary Films
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Quiggy!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
Number of Times Seen – 3 (17 Feb 2010, 18 Feb 2014 and 28 Nov 2018)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A washed-up Country music singer tries to get his life back on track after meeting a young reporter who makes him understand that he has much more to offer.
My Take on it – When Debbie chose this genre for this months theme, I was actually quite excited, yet also a bit disappointed since I had three films in mind as my favorite.
I therefore decided that instead of doing just one reviews, I would watch and review all three of them.
First up, is a fictional film about a Country singer who is far past his prime yet tries to find a way to have meaning once again.
This film gives us an amazing portrayal of how an aging star must deals with the fact that his star has faded and that he is no longer as hot of a commodity as he once was.
H yearns to keep working despite all this.
Jeff Bridges is superbly cast in the title role and he is able to give us such an amazing and realistic portrayal of this character.
The arc that they give him is amazing and we get to see how his life is affected by all of the ups and downs that pop up around him in life,
The best scene that shows this is the one where he’s in a bar with a young boy that he is watching and somehow loses him since he wandered off in the crowded mall.
Bridges deservingly won an Oscar for his portrayal here and it still remains among his very best.
Maggie Gylenhaal is great in the supporting role of his new muse who helps make him want to change his ways.
She excels in this role because we can truly feel the various ways that she is able to inspire him along his path to redemption and sobriety.
This film’s best asset tho is the music which is superb.
The soundtrack is filmed with some great new songs written specifically for this film along
My Favorite is the films main theme song – The Weary Kind
Check it out here
This sing was able to which win an Oscar for Best Song that year.
Sometimes it’s hard to actually believe that these are original songs being played by an actor instead of the fact that they have been part of an aging musicians repertoir for decades.
If you haven’t seen this film, you should go and check it out!
Bottom Line – This is an amazing portrayal of how an aging star deals with the fact that his star has faded yet still wants to continue living the life of a celebrity. Bridges is superb in the main role and gives such an amazing and realistic portrayal of this character. The arc that this character is given is excellent and we get to see how things can change for him over the ups and downs of life. Bridges deservingly won an Oscar for Best Actor for this performance and it remains among his best. Gylenhaal is also great as his new muse and she excels in this role because we can feel the ways that she inspires him along the way. The music of this film is set up perfectly and I love listening to the main song of this move because it’s so emotional and says so much about life itself. The musical score and soundtrack are also quite enjoyable to listen to and they give us the impression that these are real songs being played by a Country singer and not an actor. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In preparation for the climactic concert scene, Writer and Director Scott Cooper approached country singer Toby Keith about filming a live segment of his film during Keith’s half-time break in Albuquerque’s Journal Pavilion. The production had ten minutes in which to film Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell performing in front of five cameras and an audience of twelve thousand fans. Cooper’s insistence on an element of surprise paid off when the audience went ballistic upon discovering the unexpected “star” guest spot. Farrell’s appearance on stage further fueled the mass hysteria as cell phone cameras lit up the auditorium. The whole extravaganza was up on YouTube within a matter of a few hours. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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