Monday, February 15, 2010

Mama He's Crazy: Ok, so, we know that Jeff Bridges can act; he's got four previous Oscar nominations and an acclaimed career to prove it. Having said that, I was disappointed by his latest film Crazy Heart (R). Adapted from a novel by Thomas Cobb, it follows the highs and lows (mostly lows) of faded country music star Bad Blake.

Bridges' boozy, vanity free role is worthy of the Academy Award nomination it garnered but during much of the movie his is anything but likable and I felt as if he was overacting in a number of spots as opposed to just letting the character flow naturally. I also did not believe the relationship that transpired between he and reporter Jean Craddock (the finally nominated Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Criticism aside, Bridges does a great job as a washed up singer trying to find redemption thanks to the love of a real woman. And the song The Weary Kind is arguably the best of the nominated songs and I'd like to see it win the gold. Bridges does make it look easy and he's a major asset to an otherwise cliche story. I still don't think he deserves to win but he's one hell of an actor.



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