Crazy Heart stars Jeff Bridges as “Bad” Blake. Bad is a country singer well past his prime. He is an alcoholic and a chain smoker. He’s been reduced to singing in bowling alleys to support himself. While in New Mexico, Bad meets Jean Craddock, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. His life is forever changed after this meeting, and he must make important decisions that will affect the rest of his life.

Jeff Bridges is tremendous in his role as Blake. His acting should win him an Academy Award. The way in which he makes such a horrible condition (alcoholism) seem somewhat comedic shows his versatility as an actor. Gyllenhall does a great job making a relationship between a younger woman and an older man seem acceptable. Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell are excellent in their supporting roles.

The songs in the movie are all very enjoyable, even for a person who doesn’t like country music. The movie doesn’t focus on the music, as much as the relationships between the characters. The mix of music and character interactions is just right.

I would definitely recommend this movie. The acting and the music are both on point. One of my favorites of the year.

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