Born To Be Blue Reviews

  • Jan 01, 2020

    Ethan Hawke is Chet Baker in a performance that had me hoping against hope that Baker would not take another heroin hit. The chemistry between Hawke and Carmen Ejogo is tangible and her performance equals his with her passion, and her support of this tragic musician gives us some of the most heartbreaking and luscious sex scenes on screen.

    Ethan Hawke is Chet Baker in a performance that had me hoping against hope that Baker would not take another heroin hit. The chemistry between Hawke and Carmen Ejogo is tangible and her performance equals his with her passion, and her support of this tragic musician gives us some of the most heartbreaking and luscious sex scenes on screen.

  • Apr 01, 2019

    Art Over Anything. Born To Be Blue Budreau is reaching for something beyond his reach. After the dust settles, it somehow might be beneficial for him, but there is a void so remarkably unavoidable that sucks out all the fun from the room decimated by Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker humming couple of tunes. Its greatest trick that the entire structure hinges upon isn't its best asset, if anything it might be off putting, the tease in the game is meant for a greater appeal and not the punch line of the joke. Fortunately, the screenwriter and director, Robert Budreau wins long before the last act is staged. The real romance of the film actually looks like a long hand of tennis match, where both Hawke and Carmen Ejogo keeps ping pong-ing each other for the laughs and attention. But amidst all that, the caped approval of both these actors is what makes us nod into their rhythm. This fast paced screenplay is enfolding layer by layer with a steady pace but unfortunately there isn't anything in the next page, so informative or bedazzling enough to sync the level of maturity the performance has to offer. Hawke in his red unblinking eyes and crooked teeth, expresses loneliness in his body language even when he shares the screen with his better half. As much as reserved Hawke is, Ejogo is equally generous, she puts a lot into the table, competent for both of them, their chemistry is like of a 50 year old married couple in the very honeymoon period of their relationship. Contrary to popular belief, Budreau's world is the apt anecdote of the mixture of art and social lifestyle which it manages to teeter throughout the film. Born To Be Blue has the lyrics for the Ethan Hawke, by the Ethan Hawke and of the Ethan Hawke- it doesn't always have to make sense.

    Art Over Anything. Born To Be Blue Budreau is reaching for something beyond his reach. After the dust settles, it somehow might be beneficial for him, but there is a void so remarkably unavoidable that sucks out all the fun from the room decimated by Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker humming couple of tunes. Its greatest trick that the entire structure hinges upon isn't its best asset, if anything it might be off putting, the tease in the game is meant for a greater appeal and not the punch line of the joke. Fortunately, the screenwriter and director, Robert Budreau wins long before the last act is staged. The real romance of the film actually looks like a long hand of tennis match, where both Hawke and Carmen Ejogo keeps ping pong-ing each other for the laughs and attention. But amidst all that, the caped approval of both these actors is what makes us nod into their rhythm. This fast paced screenplay is enfolding layer by layer with a steady pace but unfortunately there isn't anything in the next page, so informative or bedazzling enough to sync the level of maturity the performance has to offer. Hawke in his red unblinking eyes and crooked teeth, expresses loneliness in his body language even when he shares the screen with his better half. As much as reserved Hawke is, Ejogo is equally generous, she puts a lot into the table, competent for both of them, their chemistry is like of a 50 year old married couple in the very honeymoon period of their relationship. Contrary to popular belief, Budreau's world is the apt anecdote of the mixture of art and social lifestyle which it manages to teeter throughout the film. Born To Be Blue has the lyrics for the Ethan Hawke, by the Ethan Hawke and of the Ethan Hawke- it doesn't always have to make sense.

  • Feb 08, 2019

    Ethan Hawke did a fantastic job, but aside from that not much going on for this movie, unfortunately!

    Ethan Hawke did a fantastic job, but aside from that not much going on for this movie, unfortunately!

  • Mar 05, 2018

    A decent story about Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter of the 1950s. It is a shame, though, that the story is about the burden of drug addiction more so than the musical talent that Baker possessed.

    A decent story about Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter of the 1950s. It is a shame, though, that the story is about the burden of drug addiction more so than the musical talent that Baker possessed.

  • Sep 11, 2017

    Started off pretty promising, but ended up just being fine. Especially that first opening scene, very different and unique, and it was very disappointing seeing the disappointment that came after! Ethan Hawke is pretty great though, as well as everyone else. The music is great, obviously! (Maybe there's a score too?) It's really well shot as well. But, it's a first time writer director (at least the first real one/one with a Rotten Tomatoes score/one that could have maybe been in theatres) and this isn't bad, and didn't suck. It's a very good debut!

    Started off pretty promising, but ended up just being fine. Especially that first opening scene, very different and unique, and it was very disappointing seeing the disappointment that came after! Ethan Hawke is pretty great though, as well as everyone else. The music is great, obviously! (Maybe there's a score too?) It's really well shot as well. But, it's a first time writer director (at least the first real one/one with a Rotten Tomatoes score/one that could have maybe been in theatres) and this isn't bad, and didn't suck. It's a very good debut!

  • Aug 19, 2017

    Hawke gives a fascinating performance as a struggling addict and artist. It wasn't until the second half of the film that I really connected with his character and the story. But then I got hooked into his recovery and comeback, just like his girlfriend.

    Hawke gives a fascinating performance as a struggling addict and artist. It wasn't until the second half of the film that I really connected with his character and the story. But then I got hooked into his recovery and comeback, just like his girlfriend.

  • Aug 15, 2017

    Amazing performance by Ethan Hawke in this biographical inspired story about how love & drugs have been a strong dicotomy in Chet Baker's life, career and relationship with the world. A must see.

    Amazing performance by Ethan Hawke in this biographical inspired story about how love & drugs have been a strong dicotomy in Chet Baker's life, career and relationship with the world. A must see.

  • Aug 08, 2017

    He did drug and she knew right away. The colors in most of the scenes were used to represent Chet's state. That colors might make the audience dyed with what Chet felt. She was ready to take Chet's state of mind when she arrived at the concert. Her state of mind was white like her dress. Then she saw the blue light of Chet, her dress was dyed with blue and her mind was dyed with blue as well. It is so poetic that audiences can feel the sadness in her at that moment.

    He did drug and she knew right away. The colors in most of the scenes were used to represent Chet's state. That colors might make the audience dyed with what Chet felt. She was ready to take Chet's state of mind when she arrived at the concert. Her state of mind was white like her dress. Then she saw the blue light of Chet, her dress was dyed with blue and her mind was dyed with blue as well. It is so poetic that audiences can feel the sadness in her at that moment.

  • Jul 07, 2017

    Ethan Hawke's magnificent performance as Chet Baker in the best jazz film since Round Midnight. Can't miss.

    Ethan Hawke's magnificent performance as Chet Baker in the best jazz film since Round Midnight. Can't miss.

  • Carlos M Super Reviewer
    Jun 23, 2017

    A mature romance/biopic that takes an anguishing look at the life of a self-destructive artist struggling to have his old life back after becoming a heroin addict, with Ethan Hawke conveying an exceptionally nuanced combination of arrogance, vulnerability and determination.

    A mature romance/biopic that takes an anguishing look at the life of a self-destructive artist struggling to have his old life back after becoming a heroin addict, with Ethan Hawke conveying an exceptionally nuanced combination of arrogance, vulnerability and determination.