Sunday, February 14, 2010
Some notes on the movie, Crazy Heart. Jeff Bridges is getting tons of acclaim, we all know that. But what about the actual film itself? I now understand why the movie itself wasn't nominated for Best Picture or screenplay. The film was very slow-paced, and I'm not quite sure what all the buzz was about as the film wasn't a movie I would even remember in detail by next February. Also the movie's storyline was all over the place, and a lot of minor characters like those played by Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall might have been interesting but weren't fully developed for me to even care. In fact, Duvall's character is introduced much later in the film with very little information given as to what his role in Bad Blake's life actually was. And uggh!!! Maggie Gyllenhaal is the female lead in this picture. She might be the darling of independent films, but she must have blown a few movie executives to keep getting decent roles in Oscar worthy movies. She and Bridges had absolutely no chemistry in this movie, and her acting was the absolute pits. And naturally, she received a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, but I don't think she stands much of a chance of winning. The redeeming aspect of the film was the music. T-Bone Burnett gets a lot of hype for his movie scores, but the songs he wrote that were performed by Jeff Bridges were terrific. I hope to get a copy of the soundtrack soon from a good friend, and won't be unhappy if the song "Weary Kind" wins the Oscar for best song from a movie. Jeff Bridges singing country tunes was great, maybe that's why he got a spot in the new We Are The World song for Haiti.
Grade: C (Did not meet expectations. A nice performance by Jeff Bridges, but nothing earth-shattering. Check out the soundtrack, but stay away from this movie!)