Synopsis: Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks... Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man's crazy heart.
Simpleton Review: Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for his portrayal of Bad Blake. After watching CRAZY HEART I think he deserved it. That said - I think he should have won an Oscar for his role as The Dude in THE BIG LEBOWSKI.
If you are a huge Jeff Bridges fan watch CRAZY HEART. The man can act and carry at tune. I was tapping my feet to his country tunes. If you are looking for a comedy you might be disappointed. There are parts that are funny but for completely different reasons. Bad Blake is like a gnarly car accident. You can't look the other way but you cringe when you view the carnage. I felt the same way I did when I watched Mickey Roarke in the WRESTLER. Both have characters who were once stars that fade into obscurity. Once Bad Blake rocked out to crowds of fans but now he's a used-up alcoholic playing at hole-in-the-wall dives. It's sad, yet you know he's the only one to blame.
The love interest is Maggie Gyllenhaal is a reporter, and also a single mom, doing a story on Bad Blake. Bridges and Gyllenhaal have chemistry and that can make or a break a movie. Still I had moments of thinking, "Why in hell would a girl like this like this old guy." He smokes and drinks constantly, pees in a jug, and throws up daily. I guess the smell of a Port-A-Potty turns some women.
FINAL THOUGHT : LIKEY