Film #332: CRAZY HEART
2 out of 5 stars
The tale of a hard living, hard drinking musician is nothing new and no new ground is broken here. The plot of this film is EXACTLY what you think - old music legend, down on his luck, finds someone to love him, he fucks it up, learns some valuable lessons, and a) dies or b) finds redemption and a sort of understanding of Life. Bridges does a good job in the role, but, let’s be honest… this is NOT Oscar-worthy. Not by a LONG shot. His portrayal of Bad is pretty much him doing Jeff Bridges with a bit of a southern twang. And whatever casting agent booked Colin Farrell (an Irishman) as a country singer should be run out of Hollywood on a rail. In the end, CRAZY HEART is nothing special and Bridges has done more Oscar-worthy roles than this. For the covering of the same ground, do yourself a favor… rent TENDER MERCIES instead.