Crazy Heart

7.21 h 51 min2010X-RayR
Bad Blake is a boozy, broken-down singer reaching for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the music.
Scott Cooper
Jeff BridgesColin FarrellRobert Duvall
DramaRomanceMusic Videos and Concerts
English [CC]
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Maggie GyllenhaalTom BowerJames KeaneWilliam MarquezPaul HermanRick DialRyan BinghamJack Nation
Judy CairoScott CooperRob CarlinerRobert DuvallT-Bone BurnettT Bone Burnett
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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Darragh22Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I thought this depicted the life of an itinerant musician bent on self-destruction well and the struggles for redemption. However, I mainly watched it for Jeff Bridges, an actor who I admire. I didn't think the relationship with the female lead had a lot of chemistry, although she played the role well (If you want to see chemistry, watch "The Fabulous Baker Boys," with Jeff and MIchelle Pfeiffer! that is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking film). Interesting also that the great Robert Duvall is in this. His "Tender Mercies" has a very similar plot, but I think is much more powerful. I still think of scenes and dialogue from it many years after it came out.
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H. Konrad GershReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nice performances & settings, yet slow moving predictable romantic story
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Weak predictable narrative with too much carnage from an alcoholic's wanderings.
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Robert D. CooperReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Story of Redemption and Renewal
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And the Oscar for best picture goes to The Hurt Locker--a very good film that I appreciated. But in my mind the two best American films for '09 are Crazy Heart and Up in the Air. I mention UP in the Air to give you context for my review. I loved both these films. Why? I empathized with the characters, which probably says more about me than either film. Many of my friends and family think both are too much of a downer to watch in our hard times. But, there is terrific acting, wonderful screenplay, excellent cinematography, engaging soundtrack, a first-rate Blu-ray transfer, and stories I appreciate. At my local Multiplex theater I laughed a lot when I first saw both. Frequently, I was laughing when other audience members weren't. But I had to own them.

While both Crazy Heart and Up in the Air are comedies, I think, neither has the usual belly laughs, sight gages or potty humor that seems so popular. (By comparison, I hated The Hangover--two hours of my life I'll never get back.) Also, Crazy Heart eschews the devices of murder and mayhem, car chases through crowded streets, vampire erotica, 3-D extravaganza or easy hero vs. villain pap. Besides the sound track, some visual "landscapes" and great locations and sets, you are pretty much stuck with character development and dialog to carry the day. Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall do all that is needed, and do so brilliantly.

I tried to imagine an actor other than Bridges playing the lead role for which he won the Best Actor Oscar. He plays a lonely, aging, boozy down-on-his luck-because-he-is-a-pig country singer relegated to being a solo act doing one night stands in small town venues. Duvall, for example, had played a similar role. And, yes, I believe others could have played the role successfully--the part is that well written and directed. But you don't have to imagine what another actor might have done; Bridges is seamless in his depiction, he is in a parallel universe with his role as "the Dude" in The Big Lebowski and a far cry from his turn in The Jagged Edge. I loved him.

Colin Farrel, in a remarkable supporting role playing against type as a smart and on-top-of-the-world-because-he-is pretty-and-a little-villainous country singer who has succeeded, in part, by singing Bridges' songs, is wonderful. I actually cared more for his character here than in any role I can recall him playing this last decade.

I won't detail the plot, you can read that in any review, even on the disk jacket notes. But if you want to see and own an American film of quality and intelligence, I highly recommend Crazy Heart on Blu-ray.
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DirtmanReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Top notch performance by Jeff Bridges
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On the whole, the cast were terrific. The music was terrifically on point considering the character and genre Bad was involved with. Jeff was so good in the roll, I couldn't imagine anyone else pulling off the character. When you are staring at a face you've seen for decades but never think about the actor because they are nailing the work so well that you only see the character, that is magic.
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Wayne CahoursReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2022
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James ConnellyReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2022
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How do you pick the best Jeff Bridges movie?
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Bridges has mad so many outstanding films since the 1970s ("Heart of the West" and "The Iceman Cometh" for examples) that it is probably impossible to pick a single film (or even two or three) as his best. But this one is definitely in the running.
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profile nameReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very nicely done!
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This worked well for an emotional rollercoaster drowned with the self help inner battle/struggle of life.
I thought this film worked very well showcasing a destructive alcoholic and his battle to redefine himself for himself. Very emotional movie in general with some highs and lows. Ultimately, I thought Jeff did a fantastic job, as always, making his character truly believable. The story will live on, past this film, through all the lives that find struggle. All the haters should realize that this is a movie for the fighter and will provide small lessons of success!
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prisrobReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Used To Be Somebody,Now I'm Somebody Else
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I know Bad Blake, don't we all know someone like him? Lovable but trouble with a capitol 'T'. You can't really trust him, but you want to.

Jeff Bridges puts his heart and soul into this film, and he becomes Bad. He is so believable that it is difficult not to trust him. He is that lazy, hazy cowboy drinking and singing his way through life, leaving those broken hearts behind. A broken down cowboy, trying to get through life the best he can. He has friends who help him, who are there for him, and that may be his best legacy. He is 57 and was once a big name in the cowboy singing business. Now he goes from joint to joint singing for his supper. He meets a woman almost every night, and leaves her as soon as he can. Until one day, a journalist,Maggie Gyllenhaal, touches his heart, his crazy heart. She has a 4 year old son and even though we hope it works out, we know he will mess it up.

Colin Farrel plays Tommy Sweet, the young singer who has won fame and fortune with Bad's songs, gives him a chance. Both Colin and Jeff sing their own songs and they are true country. This is a film for everyone, has something for everyone- great acting, good singing, love and romance and kids. What could be better, not much.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 04-20-10

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