Jeff Bridges was amazing!
Limited release Dec. 16, 2009
Jan. 30, 2010 at El Con with the Weinsteins
RT: 92% cag 96% (yup, one of my favorites)
Director: Scott Cooper
Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell
Bad Blake. Quite a name. Has-been country singer. Alcoholic. Playing tiny southwestern towns in bowling alleys for very little pay. Jeff Bridges sings. And acts. Oh, does he act. He was incredibly wonderful. He deserves an Oscar, hands-down. I had a crush on him many, many years ago (20??) when he starred in Starman. He was so GOOD. Well, he's even better in this. Believable. Genuine. To play a falling-down, constantly-regurgitating drunk for 7/8 of a long movie is no easy chore. We FEEL for him. We see what he's gone through. We want him to find help, but it seems pretty useless. It's just not going to happen...... Redemption? Fullfillment? Reconciliation about past deeds? Lots to ponder here.....
Maggie Gyllenhaal is gritty in her role as Jane, the youngish reporter in Santa Fe that falls for him. Colin Farrell is GREAT as his past-protege. Both Bridges and Farrell do their own singing - famously. I've got to get this soundtrack.
Well worth the price of a full-price ticket. I'm genuinly satisfied with this one.