Crazy Heart (2009) – Encore Review 2


“Ain’t rememberin’ wonderful? ” – Bad Blake

Number of Times Seen – 4 (17 Feb 2010, 18 Feb 2014, 28 Nov 2018 and 25 Aug 2020)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A talented, yet wasted out and drunk musician tries to find happiness in his nomadic life where he travels from gig to gig hoping to return to the spotlight.

My Take on it – This is a film that is quite powerful as a study of how people who no longer are in the spotlight deal with things.

Jeff Bridges is superb in the lead role and is able t make us care so much about his character and his life.

We get to see how he deals with his fall from fame in some very destructive ways while still striving to return to the top.

Despite his various flaws, the character is quite enjoyable to watch since he feels so real in everything that he does.

Bridges was very deserving of all of awards and honors that he received for playing this role including a Best Actor Oscar.

The film uses the music to help keep the story moving along at a great pace.

It also allows us to get a better understanding of this character and the life he leads since he is always following in his own shadow because he is his own worst enemy.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is a superb actress and despite her being a bit too young to play Bridges’ love interest, they still allow these characters to have great chemistry with one another.

I have always loved this movie’s theme song “The Weary Kind” which basically tells us all about the character and his own personal demons and problems that he must overcome.

The song also won a deserving Oscar and is also quite poignant to listen to.

Bottom Line – Amazing look at what they quest for fame can do to a person as they find themselves back on the way down. Bridges is superb in this film and really makes this character come to life. He was extremely deserving of his multiple awards (including an Oscar) for his work on this film. The music helps enhance the story because it allows us to get a better idea of the kind of life this character leads since it’s always in his own shadow. Gyllenhaal might be a bit too young to play Bridges love interest, but they somehow make it work because they do have great chemistry together. The film’s theme song, “The Weary Kind” is spectacular and sums up this film’s theme so well. It too was quite deserving of its Oscar win because the song is so poignant to listen to. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jeff Bridges initially turned down the script because it contained no music. Friend T Bone Burnett convinced him to do it. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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