Crazy Heart is a music based drama about a washed up old country and western singer Bad Blake played by Jeff Bridges. With Bad’s headlining days behind him and his tendency to puke in between songs he is consigned to singing in small town bars just so he can get by and you sense that his heart is no longer in making music and he’s more just still in the business so he can put a roof over his head and continue to fund his dangerous alcohol problem.
The film takes a turn when Bad meets Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and when the somewhat strange romance develops you get to see the softer more gentle side of Bad especially the time he has with Jean’s four year old son. However as the romance blossoms Bad’s alcohol problem gets worse and we get the expected issues arising from that.
Crazy Heart for me was a brilliant movie for one main reason and that was the outstanding performance by Jeff Bridges, the character of Bad is so believable and real and very much reminded me of Mickey Rourke’s performance as Randy “Ram” Robinson in the Wrestler in that both men were clinging on to the past and trying to relive past glories. Bridges Plays the role effortlessly and makes you feel for Bad every step of the way.
The film may well of run out of steam without Bridges performance as he himself did enough to keep me entertained and although some may not enjoy the gentle meandering pace of Crazy Heart in my view the story is told perfectly by director Scott Cooper in that you get to see everything about Bad’s character.
The movie itself avoids being cheesy or glorifying the power of music and is very different to past music films in the same vain such as Walk The Line and Dreamgirls, which is undoubtedly refreshing. Gyllenhaal puts in a very good performance in her supporting role which is sure to make her a front runner for the Academy Awards and although he’s not in the movie for more than ten minutes Colin Farrell makes a interesting appearance as the once student of Bad who is now a huge star.
Crazy heart is worth watching for the performance of Jeff Bridges alone as I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that Bridges turn in this movie was one of the best I’ve ever seen and come Sunday night at the Oscars it would be a travesty if he’s not given the best actor honour.