“Crazy Heart” starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Last night, I watched the movie, “Crazy Heart”, the drama starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Collin Farrell and Robert Duvall also have roles in this film. I bought the DVD for this movie over the weekend and I never saw the film before until now. Yes, the reason I wanted to watch is because Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for this role. It turned out to be a very good film. Beautiful I must say. Told a great story.

It’s about this famous country star, Bad Blake (Bridges role) who is trying to have a better and bigger career in music. Bad Blake keeps playing the small bars and bowling alleys when he should be getting bigger deals playing bigger places. He is strictly a country and western singer. Bad Blake is an alcoholic who has a bad attitude with people, he swears & cusses a lot, which is how he got the nickname, “Bad Blake”. Blake finally gets a good gig in Sante Fe by not playing in a bowling alley but playing in a big arena. While there he meets this woman named Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal’s role), who is a journalist for a newspaper that wants to interview him about his music career. Of course, they ended up falling in love after Jean noticing Blake becoming friends with her 4 year old son, Buddy. Later on, Blake’s romance with Jean begins to fall apart and so does Blake’s life & music career.  That’s when Blake finally realizes he needs to go to AAA to get sober. Do Bad Blake and Jean get back together after getting sober? Watch the film yourself and find out.

I’m not into romance and love stories that much, but I didn’t find this a romance movie. It’s about a guy suffering alcoholism and trying to deal with it in life. It’s a film about alcoholics trying to become a better person. There are plenty of alcoholics out there in the real world, and I think this film was meant to help them too. Maybe that’s the point of this film being made is helping real alcoholics to get sober.

Jeff Bridges maybe well known for his role as the Dude in the “Big Lebowski”, I agree that’s a great role, but his role as Bad Blake is better in my opinion. Bad Blake is similar to the Dude but Jeff played Blake better. Jeff Bridges has always been an amazing actor. Some of my other favorite movies he’s been in are: “Starman”, “K-Pax”, “King Kong” and “Tron”. I find “Crazy Heart” to be his best film. Seriously,  check it out if you haven’t yet. You may not be a country music fan but you don’t have to be. Just watch it for the story and the acting.


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