Monday, January 13, 2014

Crazy Heart (2009)

IMDb plot summary: A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.
Directed by Scott Cooper. Starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Like most of the music in this movie, this story is somehow both raw and gentle. It moves along at what feels like a very natural pace, without a lot of extreme highs and lows. Even the big climactic moments seem very much like they would be in real life - organically arising from what came before. That being said, the pacing does keep the drama very low-key. The movie would run the risk of being slightly boring for me if the performances weren't so good. Jeff Bridges does an absolutely fantastic job in the lead and easily carries the movie. I'm not sure this is a movie that's going to stick with me long-term, but I would happily recommend it. 3.5 stars.

Flickchart: #679 out of 1986, below Days of Wine and Roses and above Munich.

Rent it on Amazon for $2.99.

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