Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

DVD - 2010 | Widescreen
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An aging dysfunctional country musician finds himself falling in love with a newspaper journalist who wants to write a story about him for her paper.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2010
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE CRAZ
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 28, 2020

One reviewer compared this to Tender Mercies. This is not at all like Tender Mercies. What a great movie and soundtrack!

Jun 27, 2020

I really didn't know that Jeff Bridges is a country western singer. I guess that helps explain how he was so able to play a country western singer! Hopefully he is not an alcoholic, as he often made me angry drinking and screwing up his life. I would forget that he was just an actor playing a role. This naturalness I am sure helped him win the Oscar for his performance. The producers had planned to make this a direct to DVD film but learned that it was so popular in a few theaters that they ran it across the country making tens of million dollars more than they had expected.

Feb 02, 2019

It's hard to criticize any movie starring Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall, but when the credits rolled I was thinking, I saw this exact same storyline back in the 1980s: Tender Mercies. So, to me, this film was severely beaten to the punch by the superior 1983 film, Tender Mercies. Also I could not buy the romance between "Bad" Blake and the young, single mom, Jean. The casting was pure Geezer-Gidget; a real Hollywood mismatch. Blake smoked like a chimney and guzzled whiskey – she was too good for this loser. The sex scene was far-fetched given the age and condition of Blake, but that is the Tinseltown way.

May 31, 2017

Movies about down-and-outers trying for one more kick at redemption are as old as Hollywood itself and director Scott Cooper’s hooch & cigarettes saga, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb, doesn’t really add anything new to the convention. But if the storyline seems all too familiar Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning performance manages to turn it into something extra special; his grumbling stumbling portrayal of a man who has done it all yet has nothing to show for it alternately exasperating and deeply compassionate. Hell, he even belts out those soulful T Bone Burnett songs as if he wrote them himself. And backing him up are Maggie Gyllenhaal as his muse and love interest, Colin Farrell as a successful former protégé (his Irish brogue hidden behind a southern drawl), and a welcome cameo from Robert Duvall as Blake’s only remaining friend. Gritty as a dirty ashtray and with enough heartbreak to fuel a Tammy Wynette and George Jones duet, Cooper’s long lonesome highway of a film may be rooted in country truisms but his delivery is anything but trite and that final resolution is beautifully unsentimental.

Aug 27, 2015

Bad Blake - the name of Jeff Bridges’ fictional country music icon - is a burnout surviving on the weight of his name. In between lonesome boozy nights, chain-smoking, and hangovers, he’s sauntering down the highway to nowhere. Opportunity knocks as Bad reluctantly agrees to open for Tommy Sweet (the film has a knack for tacky names), an old protege of his. Their relationship was likely torn apart by Bad’s own envy, the same hostility making him perceive Sweet as a rival. But as a romance brews between Bad and a more youthful single mother, he’s convinced to rectify his decrepit lifestyle and career.

Combining the feel-good optimism of a Lifetime movie and a patient character study, Crazy Heart only thrives on the weight of its actors. In the opening, Bad (while likely inebriated) stumbles into a desolate bowling alley. It’s a callback to The Big Lebowski ’s bowling alley, where Bridges’ “The Dude” would bicker and debate subjects such as his urine-stained rug. We’re instantly filled with feelings of recollection. The juxtaposition establishes Bad Blake as a familiar face from the past, the same way the public in Crazy Heart remembers him as.

Bridges’ performance earned him unanimous and very vocal praise along with an Oscar. Without any major dramatic exhibitions, the veteran actors develops his character with an earnest calmness that wholly embodies the role. In a single befuddled glance, he creates a performance that rings of honesty and realism. Every experience, no matter how slight, shapes Bad, and every moment of self-discovery has a noticeable impact on Bridges’ portrayal.

Yet all the while Bridges is almost invisible in the shadow of Maggie Gyllenhaal. As the self-dependent woman who becomes involved with Bad, Gyllenhaal acts with more naturalism than she’s shown in her entire career. Her scenes with Bridges are practically showstoppers. Such an incredible array of conflictions flash through Gyllenhaal’s face and eyes. She’s confronted by her admiration for Bad, her doubtfulness in men, her affection and need to raise her son in a world devoid of abusive (or self-abusive) adults, and finally her own right to experience joy. Such a fully realized performance from an actress who frequently obtains little more than my indifference had me in a state of shock. Truly phenomenal work.

But a film is more than the sum of its performances. Despite boasting two exemplary works of refined and powerful acting, Crazy Heart is largely unsubstantial as a whole. There are very few exceptional scenes, and the direction is ls hardly remarkable. Filmmaker Scott Cooper (as he later did with the underrated Out of the Furnace ) relaxes and leaves the heavy lifting to his stars. Yes, Crazy Heart is a character-oriented film and doesn’t require any flashy directorial flourishes, but Scott’s style is excessively laid-back. Outside of perhaps working with his leads (it’s difficult to pinpoint how much credit to attribute to the filmmaker in regards to performances), the film is mildly boring and occasionally stale.

I wasn’t fond of the music, but there’s something mesmerizing about watching Bridges on a stage, strumming his guitar and singing his bland country music lyrics. It’s as though he’s not Jeff Bridges, the star of The Last Picture Show , Cutter’s Way , and The Big Lebowski . But instead, he’s Bad Blake, the fading country singer. It’s at this point you make the snide remark, “yeah, that’s called acting…”, but few actors undertake and deliver such a spotless and nonsynthetic transformation. There mere fact that Maggie Gyllenhaal’s heartbreaking tour-de-force is in the same film is a cause for celebration.

Dec 20, 2013

Jeff Bridges delivered a rock-solid performance, including doing the actual singing, as the aging, chain-smoking and alcoholic country singer trying to redeem himself and begin writing songs again. I have never been a fan of country music but enjoy the few music performances in the film. A great, feel-good movie.

Dec 12, 2013

I think this film was just OK. An over used formula and it was a little too predictable for me.

Quimeras Jan 31, 2013

There are plenty of movies out there about troubled yet talented stars. So, although there is nothing new to this story, Jeff Bridges and Bad Blake’s soulful music make “Crazy Heart” worth watching.

tmundy50 Jan 15, 2013

Jeff Bridges delivers a great, Oscar winning performance as Bad Blake, a down and out country singer making one last comeback. Highly recommended.
Anyone who enjoyed this movie should seek out a movie called Tender Mercies - a similar story for which Robert Duvall won an Oscar in the early 80's.

Jul 23, 2012

A very convincing performance by Bridges as the man who we watch unravelling as he travels across country to another dead end gig. Jack Daniels is his only best friend now,Bad Blake who once was "IT" is lost in a drunken bored haze...until he meets a younger journalist..then things get interesting!! Robert Duvall pops over to give a suble quiet performance as the friend trying to get Blake back in the saddle of the living..not into country much but this movie was really interesting nonetheless..

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