2009. USA. Scott Cooper. 111 min.
Saturday, January 9, 2010, 7:15 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2009. USA. Written and directed by Scott Cooper. Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb. With Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall. Songs by T-Bone Burnett. There are actors who turn out interesting characters, but you are always aware of their own personalities. Then there are actors who seamlessly slip into and inhabit their singular creation in a graceful and understated manner. For nearly forty years, Jeff Bridges has consistently been such an actor. In Crazy Heart, the four-time Academy Award nominee stars as has-been, broken-down country music singer Bad Blake. Bad drives a rusted pickup truck to his own gigs at dusty bowling alleys in rural pit stops, bypassing the arenas where he was once adored by thousands of fans. Bad is so far down on the celebrity food chain that he isn’t even comped a drink at the bar before taking the stage for his set. But the ruinous circumstances of Bad’s life are self-made; he smokes too much, drinks excessively, beds down with aging groupies, and has torn through five disastrous marriages. Bloated and in need of a shave and haircut, the usually handsome Bridges hitches up his polyester slacks, slings on his guitar, and takes the stage to sing with all his heart to adoring—and undersized—crowds. At one of his gigs, Bad is introduced to freelance journalist and single mom Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who endeavors to understand Bad’s descent. She manages to loosen him up enough to reveal his disappointments, consolations, and failures, and he soon resolves to write one more song—the song that would bring him back to the top. 111 min.