In Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges stars as a former country star named Bad Blake, a character that is a mix of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver, with a strong physical resemblance to Kris Kristofferson. He had a couple of chart hits once upon a time, but these days is consigned to playing pool halls and bowling alleys, that is until a former prodigy turned current superstar Tommy Sweet, played by Colin Farrell, brings Blake back to the big stage.
Meanwhile Blake is falling in love with a single mom music journalist named Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Both she and her kid take to Bad Blake like fish to water. That is until his chronic alcoholism causes him to mess up big time, and just like that the relationship is over.
Robert Duvall turns in another excellent performance as Bad’s bartender friend,and I just have to give props to Billy Bob Thornton’s friend Rick Dial, who, although not really an actor, has turned out some great film roles, including Wesley Barnes in Crazy Heart.
The movie is nothing short of a gem, and to fellow musicians like myself, it is a diamond. The acting is excellent, the script is good and the music is to die for. The biggest surprise is what great singers both Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell are. Just listen to their duet on “Fallin’ and Flyin’.” In fact, I highly recommend the soundtrack album.
Movies like this are few and far between. The last musical I enjoyed this much was Walk The Line. It’s the real deal. I see that Jeff Bridges is up for a Best Actor Oscar. I’ll be pulling for him all the way.
Keep it Real. Keep it Southern.