DVD Review: Crazy Heart

‘Crazy Heart’ is one of those movies that sorta came out of nowhere. I feel like I hadn’t heard very much about it until nearing the Awards season (bad movie blogger!). When Bridges took the Best Actor Golden Globe, and the song ‘Weary Kind’ taking Best Song, I knew I’d better get myself to a theater to see this film. Thankfully I had, because as people predicted, the film took home those same two categories.

‘Crazy Heart’ was written and directed by Scott Cooper, a first time writer/director, and based on the 1987 novel by Thomas Cobb. It tells the story of Bad Blake, a country music singer and songwriter that never really broke through to the big time, and is trying to turn his life and late career around.

The film opens with Blake (Jeffrey Bridges) arriving at a gig at a Bowling Alley, we are quickly introduced to his clear problem with alcohol, and his one-night stands. His Agent (clearly often a thorn in Blake’s side), pushes him to write new material, and to reconcile with his protégé, the much more successful Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), to which Blake says to go screw.

His luck soon changes in Santa Fe, where he meets Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young reporter looking to make a name for herself. The two hit it off, and just as they meet, Blake’s agent forces him to take be Tommy Sweet’s opening act.

The film is filled with great music from the likes of T-Bone Burnett, (the genius behind some of the music from O Brother Where Art Thou) Stephen Burton, and Ryan Bingham. While watching it, I remembered that the last film I saw whose soundtrack stood out to me was O Brother, I only realized the connection after the fact. Bridges and Farrell do an excellent job on vocals, if I didn’t know better, I’d take both as country stars.

We’re with Bad Blake the entire film, and Bridges carries the role all the way. You see his pain, you see his frustration, and you feel for his character. If it weren’t for Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’ would be just another down on his luck, but turns it all around story that we’ve seen hundreds of times. But he’s just so damn good, that you’re sucked into it. You want to see what happens, where it goes, and if he does really turn it around.

Is it worth seeing? It’s worth it simply for the soundtrack. Will Crazy Heart be remembered forever? Probably not, but, its stuck with me long enough for me to recommend it to anyone whose even a little bit curious, and it’d be good to see this little movie go far. Throw this one on your Netflix queue!

My Netflix Queue Review 4

My Netflix Queue Review 4

Over the course of a week I watch a lot movies and neglect my responsibilities and personal hygiene, all for your benefit.  Here is the list of movies I have seen this past week.  Try to keep up:

Gilliam: The face of a man who has it all under control.

Lost in La Mancha – There is bad luck, there is Murphy’s Law, then there is Terry Gilliam on a shoot.  Ironically, by not making the actual movie, Terry Gilliam may have nailed the essence of Don Quixote.  It was almost like the filmmakers were making a fake documentary about the making of a movie about Don Quixote, a man that was a dreamer, chasing and trying to conquer the impossible, and by not being able to actually make the movie, the documentary was actually capturing the story more honestly than any narrative film could have.  I was getting very meta about this movie.  I had layers about how each thing that happened was in a way just being exploited to feed the true movie (Lost in La Mancha) and the fake movie (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote) was merely a vessel for this.  I was thinking how brilliant it would be if the documentary were truly the scripted story.  Oh, doesn’t Terry Gilliam wish that were  true.  Unfortunately for him, this all actually happened.  A rain storm to end all rain storms, Jean Rochefort really had a prostate problem, insurance for the movies is a bad as it is for the rest of us, etc. etc..  Terry Gilliam is cursed.  Some of  the bad luck he brings on himself, some of it is out of his hands.  Either way though I will watch any movie he does or does not make.  Even a failed Gilliam movie sure is fun.

Ryan Reynolds portrayal of fat people more damaging than trans-fats.

Just Friends –  I know what you are thinking: Brandin, what the carrot cake are you doing watching that?  I have no good answer for you.  Amy Smart?  Maybe?  I got nothing.  Am I proud that I watched it?  No … yes … both, kind of.  As a film lover and a human being, I am a little embarrassed.  BUT it is a testament to my ability to watch any movie.  I am kind of a modern day hero actually, but instead of being able to leap over tall building in a single bound, I can sit through a movie that won Best Hissy Fit at the Teen Choice Awards.  Just Friends is a stirring tale of Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit wants girl, girl just wants to be friends,  Ryan Reynolds takes off fat suit and still can’t get girl … or can he?  (Spoiler: he can.)  As with most movies though, it had a few moments. (Ryan interpreting the character as “fat” to mean that the character must also be fairly dumb, was not a big highlight.)  Most of the comedy stemmed from scenes involving Anna Faris being Anna Faris.  Would I recommend the movie just for her?  No.  Would I say sit through it if it is on TV?  Not the whole thing.  Maybe, if it is on TV, stay watching it until a commercial break, then go find a mirror, look into it and spend the next 10 minutes doing some serious soul searching.

Bonus Movie!

Killer boots, man.

Crazy Heart – Vatche wrote up a nice review on this movie that you can read on LR, so I will be brief.  I had heard great things about Jeff Bridges and I was not disappointed.  It was a little like The Wrestler, and like The Wrestler, it was driven by a performance.  Mr. Bridges delivered big time, the story just had to simply be there for him to navigate through.  I do not hold cliches against a film as long as something else is given to me.  I need great direction, or an innovative way to tell an old story, an in depth character study, great performances.  With regards to this last point the entire cast (most notably Jeff Bridges, but not limited to) definitely came with their A game.  I would definitely recommend seeing this movie.  The story is a little predictable (not all points, but at times), but you will forgive this film for that.

Review: Crazy Heart

Review: Crazy Heart

‘Crazy Heart’ is one of those movies that sorta came out of nowhere. I feel like I hadn’t heard very much about it until nearing the Golden Globes (bad movie blogger!). When Bridges took the Best Actor Golden Globe, and the song ‘Weary Kind’ taking Best Song, I knew I’d better get myself to a theater to see this film.

‘Crazy Heart’ was written and directed by Scott Cooper, a first time writer/director, and based on the 1987 novel by Thomas Cobb. It tells the story of Bad Blake, a country music singer and songwriter that never really broke through to the big time, and is trying to turn his life and late career around.

The film opens with Blake (Jeffrey Bridges) arriving at a gig at a Bowling Alley, we are quickly introduced to his clear problem with alcohol, and his one-night stands. His Agent (clearly often a thorn in Blake’s side), pushes him to write new material, and to reconcile with his protégé, the much more successful Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), to which Blake says to go screw.

His luck soon changes in Santa Fe, where he meets Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young reporter looking to make a name for herself. The two hit it off, and just as they meet, Blake’s agent forces him to take be Tommy Sweet’s opening act.

The film is filled with great music from the likes of T-Bone Burnett, (the genius behind some of the music from O Brother Where Art Thou) Stephen Burton, and Ryan Bingham. While watching it, I remembered that the last film I saw whose soundtrack stood out to me was O Brother, I only realized the connection after the fact. Bridges and Farrell do an excellent job on vocals, if I didn’t know better, I’d take both as country stars.

We’re with Bad Blake the entire film, and Bridges carries the role all the way. You see his pain, you see his frustration, and you feel for his character. If it weren’t for Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’ would be just another down on his luck, but turns it all around story that we’ve seen hundreds of times. But he’s just so damn good, that you’re sucked into it. You want to see what happens, where it goes, and if he does really turn it around.

Is it worth seeing? It’s worth it simply for the soundtrack. Will Crazy Heart be remembered forever? Probably not, but, its stuck with me long enough for me to recommend it to anyone whose even a little bit curious, and it’d be good to see this little movie go far.