Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

               Genre: drama, literature
               Comeback in country music, singer, journalist

portrait of a broken man

  Bath has been evil in the name, but a bad man, he is so far from it. He has only one problem: He drinks too much whiskey. In the movie, there is rarely a scene where he does not crash the brown brew, hastily down, while chain-smokes. At least not until the sinner is cleansed – but until then it’s a pretty long way. Until then, the Demon of binge-drinking is front to back, carefully spelled out.

The debut film Crazy Heart by Scott Cooper, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb, is a sensitive portrait of a broken man. Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges), mid-fifties, has seen better days in his life. The once successful acclaimed country singer now barnstorms across the country by a third-rate bar to the next remote Bowling Club. In his gigs he can rely on a small, loyal fan base for his age, he enjoyed time and again with the same old songs. Very happy he is not so, but after four unsuccessful marriages, he may be preferable to freedom-loving life on the principle of “laissez-faire ‘anything else. One day, the young journalist Jean (meets Maggie Gyllenhaal), everything is different.

Bad head over heels in love with Jean, who lives alone with her four year old son Buddy (Jack Nation) thousand miles away in Santa Fe. However, neither son nor hinder the removal of his hometown of Houston bathroom because engaging with the young woman. It’s blooming right on here, is trying to “normal” life back again to be found. But the finger of alcohol he can not leave. And this is what is his undoing. When he once again move with the little buddy is in a bar and begrudge a whiskey, the boy disappears as suddenly as if the earth swallowed him up. For Jean, it is a breach of fiduciary duty, which she can not forgive.

It is above all the brilliant performance by Jeff Bridges, which makes the film a gem. The four actors nominated for the Oscar goes to all this in his role. Alone, as he sometimes fishes three cigarettes at once out of the box, looks through his closed eyes and speaks with his smoky voice, gives the character an extraordinary authenticity. But Maggie Gyllenhaal (Away We Go – Let’s go to somewhere to shine Stranger Than Fiction) and Jean at his side and the now 79-year-old Robert Duvall (The Godfather) as a bath buddy Wayne in their roles.

It’s just marvelous to behold, like a bathroom and Jean come closer bit by bit. You, young, unused, full of life and he, aged, scarred by life, to feel burned out from the start connected. For an interview, she looks him in his hotel room. Everything still runs objectively, but at the second interview, she can no longer contain himself and fall over each other.

Mention should remain the original songs of the American rock singer T-Bone Burnett and the Texas recently deceased songwriter Stephen Bruton. Burnett was Where art thou [/ b] (2000) already responsible for the soundtrack of Walk the Line (2005) and O Brother. Crazy Heart in his songs play a central role because they influence the character of Bad as strong as the whiskey and cigarettes. Bad singing at his gigs always the same songs. Only when he eventually ausnüchtert, he begins to write new songs, including the eponymous song Crazy Heart .

Jeff Bridges in itself is reason enough to go into the movie. As in his previous roles as a lounge musician in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), as lazy Dude in The Big Lebowski (1989) or as an egotistical author in The Door in the Floor, he knows every corner, every edge and every shadow of the psyche his character, so that you completely forget the actor behind it. But one must not necessarily be Jeff Bridges fan to like this movie.

(Katrin Knauth)

Title: Crazy Heart Country of production: USA Year of production: 2009 Length: 110 (Min) of material: ( #) Twentieth Century Fox

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