Let Me Tell You A Story About Bad Blake
This is a story about Ottis Blake....formerly known as Bad. Jeff Bridges (Bad Blake) gives probably one of the finest performances of his career, in this film. Not only is he able to capture audiences with his portrayal of a broken down old country singer over coming adversity due to alcoholism, but he does so with class and style. Plus, his voice isn't too bad if he ever decided to give up acting to become a country singer. Which is kind of strange coming from me, since I normally detest country music, but Jeff Bridges singing might make me reevaluate that notion.
The lyrics in "Crazy Heart" were so potent and revealing to the nature of the movie itself, one couldn't help but feel moved by it. Indeed, if Jeff Bridges truly wanted to, he could easily make it in country music, as his voice combined with how well the lyrics matched the overall theme of movie, allows for the audience to deeply engage into his character.
"Crazy Heart" tells the story of a broken down old country singer, whom faces various health problems and adversity due to his problems with alcoholism. Which causes him to neglect not only his previous ex-wives over the years, but his offspring as well. It isn't until he turns fifty-seven that he starts to regret the actions caused by his own addiction. To make matters even more interesting, Bad meets a young aspiring music writer, Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), whom happens to be a single mother that falls in love with Bad. What starts off as a perfect relationship between the two soon ends in disaster, as Bad allows his alcoholism to affect their relationship severely. Needless to say, Bad lives a pretty hard life due to his addiction, but he learns to over come it through his period of self recollection.
Scott Cooper does an excellent job creating just the right tone for this film. Using various themes and songs, to help the audience understand Bad's plight, as he faces his problems head on in life. He doesn't quite resolve everything in his life, but he does the best he can to make up for it. In the end, isn't that always the best we can do in life? Sure, we all make mistakes in life, but it's how you react to them is what truly matters. "Crazy Heart" plays on that concept beautifully.
Even Maggie Gyllenhaal does a great job in this movie. As she plays a very captivating, yet charming independent girl in the movie. Sure, she becomes star struck when she meets Bad, for the first time, but she's by no means a push over. If anything, she provides Bad with a strong reality check, in the later part of the film, that forces Bad to evolve as a character.
Indeed, Jeff Bridges gives possibly the best performance of his career. Truly worthy of an Academy Award, for Best Actor. "Crazy Heart" may not be as commercially popular as "Avatar" this year, but it's definitely one of the best movies out there. Overall, I would highly recommend it.