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4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story of picking up the pieces and getting back in the saddle
Jeff Bridges plays 'Bad' Blake, a 57-year old chain-smoking, alocholic, washed-up country music star. He is effusive and rarely cares about anything apart from where his next drink is coming from and bounces from bar to bar playing small-time gigs and the same old songs to make ends meet. When Blake meets Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) a small-town reporter who wants...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A gentle story
Crazy Heart is a fairly flimsy romantic drama anchored by a career defining performance from Jeff Bridges. Without his sublime efforts Crazy Heart would be consigned to Sunday afternoon doldrums.

An ageing, alcoholic (aren't they always) country star strikes up a relationship with a journalist who visits him to conduct an interview on his latest work. The...
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story of picking up the pieces and getting back in the saddle, 21 April 2010
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crazy Heart [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
Jeff Bridges plays 'Bad' Blake, a 57-year old chain-smoking, alocholic, washed-up country music star. He is effusive and rarely cares about anything apart from where his next drink is coming from and bounces from bar to bar playing small-time gigs and the same old songs to make ends meet. When Blake meets Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) a small-town reporter who wants to write a piece on Blake, he re-evaluates his priorites and the road he is choosing to walk.

Running out of options, Blake is forced to play support for his former protege, Tommy Sweet (Colin Farell) whom he mentored and taught 'country' to, at the expense of his pride and self-respect. Tommy asks him to write some new material for him and Blake sees a way out of his self-destructive spiral and a way to be with Jean. Will he save himself from the brink?

Crazy Heart is probably Bridges' best performance to date (and I love Jeff Bridges), he plays 'Bad' so well, with great comedic effect and his flippant attitude just seems so natural. You can't help but feel sorry for him as he tears himself apart and I genuinely felt for the character. Colin Farrell was a really welcome surprise, I knew he was in the film, but going by past performances I wasn't expecting too much from him. I was pleasantly taken aback as he played Tommy Sweet in a practically note-perfect manner, suiting the character's idioms and really filling out the acrimonious past between Sweet and Blake. Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance is solid and believable as the reporter/single-mother but somehow it doesn't bring any empathy for her character. Despite this, the film really makes you feel for Bad Blake and honestly will him to turn things around.

The film is beautifully shot, credit to Scott Cooper here, it features a lot of bars and southern, rustic locations yet doesn't feel bland or homogenous. The score is good as well, I'm not a huge country-western fan, yet found myself whistling one or two of the tunes well after the film; I'm told most of the tracks are written by T-bone Burnett, but sung by Bridges. All in all, this is a touching film about last-chance turn arounds. Critics may argue that it is 'the wrestler' but about a country music star and they wouldn't be far wrong; but Bridges brings a unique level of humanity and vulnerability to the role. On top of all this Robert Duvall has a small part as a brilliant bartender. Highly recommended!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A gentle story, 21 Mar 2014
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T. Cosens (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crazy Heart [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Crazy Heart is a fairly flimsy romantic drama anchored by a career defining performance from Jeff Bridges. Without his sublime efforts Crazy Heart would be consigned to Sunday afternoon doldrums.

An ageing, alcoholic (aren't they always) country star strikes up a relationship with a journalist who visits him to conduct an interview on his latest work. The obvious age gap is glossed over but Jeff Bridges' charisma makes the whole affair seem all the more plausible.

His southern drawl, drunken demeanour and sweet nature collide. It is a performance of such mastery that you forget you are watching an actor.

A sweet if hollow film the whole premise just doesn't ignite and is a little on the dull side. However a fantastic soundtrack and a surprisingly good turn from Colin Farrell ensure that there are moments of delight littered throughout. Crazy Heart has a gentle pace and is in no rush to reach its conclusion. The problem is the ending is so clichéd it all feels a little pointless.

A well-deserved Oscar winning performance from Jeff Bridges is enough to make this worth watching, but only just.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...The Good Ones Feel Like They've Always Been There..." - Crazy Heart on BLU RAY, 22 Aug 2010
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crazy Heart [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
As every film lover knows, Jeff Bridges has been putting in great performances for years - but "Crazy Heart" is different. Quietly magnificent throughout the entire movie, he owns the Oscar on this one.

"Bad Blake" is a 57-year old country singer, drunk most of the time and shuffling with a cigarette in his gob towards another small time venue he doesn't care about. As he empties a plastic carton of piss into the parking lot of a bowling alley (having been on the road for hours), he can think about only one thing - not family, not music, not love - but how can he get a bottle of McClure's Whiskey into his liver with only $10 left in his jeans?

Without any new material to make money from, wifeless for the 4th time and with deteriorating health, "Bad" is still a legend among his fans and when he's on stage, him and his beloved songs like "I Don't Know" can still cut it. But the younger bucks have replaced him - especially his despised protégé Tommy Sweet (a brilliantly cast Colin Farrell) who now has 3 huge articulated trucks to haul his equipment from one arena to the next and not a beat-up convertible called 'Bessie'.

Then "Bad" gets a lucky break. He is interviewed by a local Santa Fe journalist Jean Craddock, a divorced Mum in her Thirties with a bubbly 4-year old son Buddy whom she protects from - you guessed it - 'bad' men. Yet despite all her rules, both Jean and Buddy fall for the charms of the big kid with the guitar and the ten-gallon hat. And on the story goes, heartbreak to joy, joy to heartbreak and back again...

The support cast are convincingly enamored small town folks - Tom Bower as the store manager and Rick Dial as the local band's piano player. Colin Farrell sings amazingly well too and is a perfect foil for the aging singer (he's also superb in "Ondine"). Significant others shimmy around Bad's constant verbal abuse too - Paul Herman as his long-suffering manager Jack Greene and Robert Duvall as the bar-owner who never seems to give up on "Bad" and is maybe his only real friend (Duvall is still such a great actor at 79).

Although this kind of movie harks back to Duvall's own "Tender Mercies", it feels a lot richer in its details. There's a particularly tough scene where Bad decides to finally call his only son of 28. Bad hasn't seen him since he was 4 years of age - never helped him, never been there for him. There are very few words in the scene, but there's a lot of pain. The grown-up son is not surprisingly unforgiving - especially with his Mom having passed away two years earlier. With the receiver to his ear, there is a look on Bridge's face that is pure destruction - a horrible realization that he has caused agony with his cavalier stay-away life and won't easily get forgiveness for it. In the hands of another actor, there might have been histrionic tears when the call abruptly finishes - but Bridges just does what an alcoholic would do - not mend his ways, but look cravenly at the kitchen for a bottle to get lost in. And on it goes until he finally does something really selfish and stupid in a shopping mall with a boy who now looks at him with affection. It's brilliantly realized stuff, it really is.

Niggles - his recovery is too swift and too painless - alcohol abuse over that length of time is never that easy to shake off, and even though Maggie Gyllenhaal is a magnificent actress, there's a nagging disbelief in the relationship between her character and his - would she really fall for such a car-crash as "Bad Blake". But these are minor points.

"Crazy Heart" (based on the novel by Thomas Cobb) isn't quiet a masterpiece, but it's damn close. And while the other actors, the T-Bone Burnette music and Scott Cooper's superb direction all add so much to the film - ultimately it belongs to its leading man. Bridges imbibes it with believability and a soul few actors could even get near.

As Jean asks what is it that makes a great song - Bad answers with the title of this review - "The good ones feel like they've always been there..." You may feel the same about "Crazy Heart".

Put it high on your rental/to buy list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'SUPERB PERFORMANCE FROM 'JEFF BRIDGES' (Foot-tapping gem), 22 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Crazy Heart [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
'Jeff bridges' is one of my favourite actors, he rarely makes an error in his choice of roles.
Glad he got the 'Oscar' for his performance in 'Crazy Heart' allways thought he should have recieved an 'Oscar' for his role in 'Starman' way back in the 80's.
In this film he plays a 57 year-old country singer 'Bad Blake' who rely's on drink to drown out what had gone before.
Once successful, now reduced to the odd gig in pubs and clubs a life style he has accepted until he meets up with a reporter who wants to do a story on his career.
The film has moments of humour and moments of sadness as we follow 'Bad Blake' stumbling through life.
Great music coupled with a great performance from 'Jeff Bridges'
Look out for 'Colin Farrell' playing the part of' Tommy Sweet' a successful singer who hasn't forgotten his 'Mentor'
This is a really good movie, if you like country-music this could be for you. (Another CD I bought)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must see, 28 Oct 2013
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I bought this dvd because I had to have it. Saw the movie 4 years ago and I loved it. It's so true, so touching. The music then is amazing. Ryan Bingham then is very impressive and contributes to make this project worth.
For everybody, well almost everybody, not suitable if you're a banker for instance...
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Used To Be Somebody, 27 May 2013
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prisrob "pris," (New England USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crazy Heart [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
I know Bad Blake, don't we all know someone like him? Lovable but trouble with a capitol 'T'. You can't really trust him, but you want to.

Jeff Bridges puts his heart and soul into this film, and he becomes Bad. He is so believable that it is difficult not to trust him. He is that lazy, hazy cowboy drinking and singing his way through life, leaving those broken hearts behind. A broken down cowboy, trying to get through life the best he can. He has friends who help him, who are there for him, and that may be his best legacy. He is 57 and was once a big name in the cowboy singing business. Now he goes from joint to joint singing for his supper. He meets a woman almost every night, and leaves her as soon as he can. Until one day, a journalist,Maggie Gyllenhaal, touches his heart, his crazy heart. She has a 4 year old son and even though we hope it works out, we know he will mess it up.

Colin Farrel plays Tommy Sweet, the young singer who has won fame and fortune with Bad's songs, gives him a chance. Both Colin and Jeff sing their own songs and they are true country. This is a film for everyone, has something for everyone- great acting, good singing, love and romance and kids. What could be better, not much.

Recommended. prisrob 05-26-13
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whole worlds have been tamed by men who ate biscuits., 9 Feb 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crazy Heart [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
Crazy Heart is written and directed by Scott Cooper and based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb. It stars Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell & Robert Duvall. Bridges plays Bad Blake, a veteran country singer/songwriter who is down on his luck but always full of the booze. Embarking on another weary tour of dead-end towns, his life perks up when he meets young newspaper reporter Jean Craddock (Gyllenhaal) and her son Buddy (Jack Nation).

Apparently Bad Blake is based on three real men, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. With Scott Cooper saying he had hoped to make a biopic about Haggard but the rights were too difficult to obtain. Of further interest is that the Cobb novel is actually inspired by country singer Hank Thompson.

Crazy Heart is the type of movie that crops up from time to time that finds a wide and appreciative audience. That of the human interest story that beats a true and uplifting heart. That Crazy Heart has found the afore mentioned audience is mainly down to Bridges and his very affecting turn as the pathetic drunk resorting to what equates as singing for his beer money. For in truth the story is generic and straight forward, and one can guarantee you will have seen this before, and done much better in fact. But this is still fine story telling, a good movie propelled by rich characterisations {Gyllenhaal too is excellent} and paced with almost elegiac precision, that allows the humanistic elements to carry the audience to a fitting, if not surprising, finale. There's also value in the music on offer, with memorable tunes and note worthy renditions given by Bridges and Farrell. Barry Markowitz's photography also blends nicely with the narrative. His shooting of New Mexico lends itself to beauty and offers hope to Blake's future, while the tone down lighting for the dim bars that Bad is singing in brings to the fore the lowness that the singer has now reached. Bridges has done far better work than this, but who would deny him the Oscar for Best Actor that duly came his way at ceremony time? It's a great performance, tho, one that totally engages the viewers. At times infuriating & pathetic, yet at others he be charming and grasping our pity by the truck load. That both he and Gyllenhaal make a believable couple is the best compliment one can give them both. Their efforts in this movie deserve a look.

A simple redemptive story is lifted to greater heights by Gyllenhaal refusing to let her character be a cipher, and Bridges doing heart-breaking like few others can. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars shall i sing, 23 July 2014
This review is from: Crazy Heart [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
the story of an alchoholic country and western singer,back to singing in small time clubs,broke ,till he meets a woman with a 4 year old boy and after losing the boy in a shopping centre he turns his life aroun by stopping drinking,and singing with the top country and western singer who once lt him down,never to se the young boy again,a really good film ,I recommend it
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... Bridges is a charismatic actor and I expected a great film, but the story lacked credibility, 8 July 2014
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My expectations were too high as Jeff Bridges is a charismatic actor and I expected a great film, but the story lacked credibility.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must see, 2 July 2014
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Wonderful film def but it it's a great film
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