Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Crazy Good!

On Friday, I watched Crazy Heart. The book-turned-movie is adapted from a novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb.

This is not a feel-good flick. It is gritty, sometimes ugly and very real. Jeff Bridges plays a washed-up, over-the-hill, alcoholic, overweight, chain-smoking country music singer/songwriter. Bridges' character is on the road, playing to small crowds in sub-par venues and staying in cheap hotels,when he meets a pretty journalist played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The two form an instant connection that quikcly turns to love. Bridges character also strongly bonds with Gyllenhall's young son, who is in need of a male role-model. All does not goes smoothly as Gyllenhall discovers that an alcoholic is not easy to love, especially when you have an impressionable child.

The acting and writing are superb! Bridges and Gyllenhaal are multi-dimensional characters. They are both filled with pain, but hope for better tomorrows. In the end, both characters get their better tomorrow; but not without some loss along the way.   

1 comment:

Marian Allen said...

Thanks for the great review! It sounds a lot like TENDER MERCIES, a 1983 movie with Robert Duvall and Tess Harper.

Marian Allen
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