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This is a sweet and believable film about real people. The story is anything but original, and yet it is done very nicely, with kind, genuine performances and a majestic Jeff Bridges. One very good move is that the director and screenwriter put most of the exaggeration and cliches at the beginning of the movie in order for us to "get' the characters. In doing so, the movie got more interesting and realistic as it went on.
Crazy Heart excels above its familiar source material with a captivating, and revelatory performance from Bridges, great supporting roles in Gyllenhaal and Ferrel, a phenomenal script, and emotionally rousing direction from Cooper, making this a familiar, but captivating look into a washed up artist getting in touch with his art and self again.
Extremely good movie, strong, yet sentimental!!!
Wonderful movie about love, music, following your dreams and being yourself. Jeff Bridges didn't win an Oscar for nothing! If you don't like Country Western music at all, it might not be for you. I do, though, so I also love the Soundtrack. Jeff plays the guitar and sings himself. Colin Farrell does some singing and playing and he does it very well. Who knew! Maggie Gyllenhaal is a delight in this. So natural and honest is her performance, she moved me to tears.
Crazy Heart is a superbly acted movie that transcends the story. Any less of a performance by Jeff Bridges or Maggie Gyllenhaal would have made this a sub-par film. Story-wise it never connects with me. Not enough time is spent on specific emotional elements between Bad and Tommy, Bad and his son or even Bad and Jean. However, you can extract the pain from Jeff's performance alone. He was extremely worthy of his Best Actor Oscar. While I've seen him in a rugged role before, he takes a character that is clearly meant to exhibit a painful presence and, in spite of the strength of the story, makes you see and almost feel his pain.
I admit that I was hoping for the composition of music to be better, but really the thing that shines here is how believable Jeff Bridges is as "Bad" Blake. He has down the southern grit, charm, and raunchiness down quite well, and the film itself is a journey, even if at the end it feels more like a ticket to Red Cloud, Nebraska than to a soul drenching Niagara Falls, but that may have been the point. Best take away from the film is that not everything will fall into your lap just because you make changes for the better, but your life will improve, and it's worth it.
that's good, bad..
The bonding projected since the beginning, of each individual character with the protagonist is so pure and innocence that it doesn't fit into the "social" boundary which helps this feature fly onto new and fearless territories. Scoot Cooper's smart adaptation from Thomas Cobb's novel is the core strength of this feature where even Scott's brilliant execution skills fail to surpass the way it conveys the message comfortably to the audience. Addition to that, the performance is the highlight of this feature that is outdrawn beautifully by Jeff Bridges; as the protagonist, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as a supporter. Crazy Heart never had something fresh or intriguing concept in its first place to bedazzle the audience but its simplicity and details towards the mannerism of the characters, is what something one can explore.
Beautifully written and great acting.
Brilliant Oscar winning performance from Jeff Bridges playing Bad, a down and out country singer performing in small town bars and battling with alcohol. He reaches for help from a younger woman Jean (Maggie Gyllenhall) and finally gets his writing skills back and starts performing to live crowds again. A deserved best actor Oscar for Bridges, who truly delivers the role of a lifetime.
Tender Mercies rip-off that if not for a good performance by Jeff Bridges would not even be watchable.