Saturday, December 4, 2010
Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) used to be a prolific country singer. But years later, his status has diminished to a few small gigs. Enter Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a newspaper journalist who sees the man behind the musician.
Bridges gives an impressive performance as Blake. I was happy that he finally got that elusive Oscar, though I think it was a "sympathy Oscar" (IMO, Colin Firth should have won). Gyllenhaal was also good, but I think I'm in the majority that was surprised when she got nominated for Crazy Heart. This is Scott Cooper's directorial debut and he manages to provide entertainment for most of the movie. The parts that weren't could've been trimmed down a bit.
My Rating: ****