Friday, January 29, 2010

Crazy Heart (2009)



Critics are unanimously praising Jeff Bridges' performance in CH, but really, when has he ever not given a great performance? He's one of the only reasons to see this film, besides the excellent scenes with Robert Duvall. Maggie Gyllenhaal, not a Smithee favorite, brings her cool-girl aura that always manages to repel. The story is trite; nothing happens that we haven't seen in countless other films. But the small town details have a naturalistic feel, due in part to excellent work by all the bit players, and Bridges makes it worth seeing, as always.

9 comments:

Kurt said...

Strangely, Maggie Gyllenhaal was the best part of Away We Go, probably because she was playing someone insufferable.

tattytiara said...

I just watched the Door in the Floor. Yep. Consistently solid performances.

Don, American said...

But is it Tender Mercies, Jr.? And is it true that anybody can sing country music?

Casey said...

On my list of films to see with a thermos of rye.

tut-tut said...

Really, is it trite? I'm looking forward to it. Is Away We Go worth a look?

Alan Smithee said...

Tut-tut,
See previous post.

VE said...

I've been a fan of Jeff Bridges since "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot". That's a long, long time...

Megan said...

Saw it last night. I don't really like MG either, but she was aiight.

VE said...

I saw this just before the Academy Awards...yes, I have to agree with you on all counts. I've been following Bridges ever since I saw Thunderbolt and Lightfoot in the theater.