Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Crazy Heart (2009)

A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him. [imdb]

Nominated for 3 Oscars:

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (WINNER)
Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Best Original Song (WINNER)

I am happy The Blind Side was nominated for Best Picture and not this! Need I say more? :) Isn't it obvious that Crazy Heart goes for every cliche in the book and the result is a big Whatever with a good soundtrack and a decent leading performance?
If you don't have the story, there's nothing to work with. And the screenplay is quite bad and highly predictable. Jeff Bridges is fine, but I don't see anything too special about his performance, nor did I find it touching. Maggie's nomination is a misfortune; it's nice to see an Oscar nom coming out of nowhere, but she wasn't even a quarter as good as Diane Kruger, Melanie L, Samantha Morton or Marion...
My rating for the film: 4/10. It deserves Best Song... but I'm still pissed about Maggie's pointless nomination.


  1. I agree! It wasn't bad, but a total cliche. I think that Gyllenhaal was okay,but probably not nomination worthy. Jeff Bridges was good, but I wasn't blown away.

  2. Tell us how you really feel:)

    Got to say the review had me laughing. I wouldn't say worse than TBS (The Blind Side) but I get where your coming from. I wasn't THAT blown away by Bridges. Actually, I wasn't blown away as I'd said before.

  3. I DID NOT LIKE IT! :D the whole truth. I don't remember much out of it, even though I paid attention. so forgettable. so bleah.

  4. I did not like it, not hate.

    Bridges is overhyped, but some portions of his performance are pretty impressive.

    I can't hate Gyllenhaal. She does her character so well and stay in her character so well, but her role is mysteriously underwritten. And to think that they campaigned for her in lead is stupid.

    It's a performance that caused me mixed emotions. And not because she's bad, but the writer's bad.

    Nomination almost deserved, outrageous winner, if it happened.