Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Crazy Heart": rather understated; the scenery is better than the people

"Crazy Heart"(dir. Scott Cooper, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb) is another Fox Searchlight offering in the spirit of "The Wrestler" a year ago. This time, Jeff Bridges plays the loose-skinned 57 year old anti-hero Bad Blake, a country rock singer fighting the bottle, and carrying around the baggage of passed marriages and probably alienated adult children. He meets a journalist Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) with a four year old son, who starts digging out his story and humanity. He starts playing Dad to the boy, only to lose track of him in a mall at one point when he’s drunk. He has a bad auto accident half way through the film, only to get a stern warning from the doctor that his days are numbered if he doesn’t change. So he checks himself in for rehab.

The New Mexico scenery in this widescreen “small” film is stunning enough, and brings back memories of some of my own travels in the 1980s.

The official site for the film is here.

Wikipedia attribution link for Chaco Canyon picture (p.d.) here.

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