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Crazy Heart
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May 3, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Scott Cooper

Actors:
Jeff Bridges
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Colin Farrell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An over-the-hill, drunk and world worn country singer battles his many vices in hopes of winning a new womanís heart and possibly making a comeback in the music biz.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím at a loss to explain why Hollywood remains asphyxiated on stories like this one; about burnt out musicians stuck on the downward spiral. This reminds me of the song Every Rose Has Itís Thorns, and of the line ďJust like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song.Ē Well, this is country singer Bad Blakeís sad, sad song. Problem is itís a tune weíve all heard many, many times before.

First I guess Iíll give you all the good. Jeff Bridges is an outstanding actor (Iíll never forget THE FISHER KING) and I was happy to see him land a juicy role in IRON MAN and look forward to his return in TRON: LEGACY. This flick takes a page out of WALK THE LINEís playbook as Jeff sings these songs himself and does a damn good job of it too. Collin Farrell is equally entertaining while rocking the mike, though Iíd have never pictured a bad boy like him singing twangy country tunes thatís for sure. Both men seem to love the material and made this feel genuine. That said, the score is magnificent especially if country is your game. Personally Iím not a country fan, but even I can appreciate what theyíre doing here.

The bad news stems from predictability and/or how much of an obvious ďby the numbersĒ film this is. Letís see, weíve got an over-the-hill musician down on his luck, check. Heís a blistering alcoholic who screws up everything he touches, check. Heís miserably hopeless until he finds a new love interest, check. He totally screws up his chance with set love interest and decides to change his ways, check. Sure, there are a few more ups and downs to be had with this, but essentially we get the same old tale told anew. I guess a slow-ass pace didnít help matters much and the fact that Iím not a Maggie Gyllenhaal fan sure as hell didnít help matters much, but then again, this isnít my kind of flick to begin with so that just fuels the fire when it comes to the final analysis.

CRAZY HEART has a lot going for it if youíre into what itís selling, and the fact that Iím not shouldnít deter you from checking it out if some of the above mentioned attributes fit your particular drink list. The dialogue had me laughing more times than I would have guessed, so if you like well written dramas that include a lot of country singing youíll no doubt feel at home here (I will add that a love interest between an old man and young woman is still rather cringe-worthy territory, but thatís just my personal opinion). If youíre looking for action, intrigue and originality however, this wonít be the right fix for you.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes and Alternate Music Cuts: Now thereís a good half hour of material here but it leans more in the way of extra music than added footage which is great youíre a country fan.

Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall on what brought them to Crazy Heart: A very brief three minute interview with these cast members to find out what or who got them on board. Poor Duvall, he was in the film for maybe five minutes or so.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers including one for the feature, a Blu-ray commercial and a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If Iíve said this once, Iíve said it a hundred times, me and Drama just donít mix which is probably why I always seem to get all the drama flicks. I was very impressed by Jeff and Collinís singing abilities but other than that this film was a wash for me. But again, that doesnít mean itís not for you.

Extra Tidbit: So how many of you have the song Every Rose Has It's Thorns stuck in your head now. You're welcome.
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