Opening December 16th is Fox Searchlight’s Crazy Heart. If you haven’t heard about the film…it’s understandable. Originally scheduled for release next year, Fox Searchlight has mounted an impressive last minute campaign to get the film into theaters this year as they’re trying to get Jeff Bridges his long deserved Oscar.
But let me back up a second. First, you might want to read the synopsis:
Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film Crazy Heart from writer-director Scott Cooper. Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.
I saw the film last week and the buzz surrounding Jeff Bridges performance is well deserved. He’s great as Bad Blake, unfortunately, the rest of the film isn’t anything you haven’t seen before. If you want to read a great review, Kirk Honeycutt of THR pretty much nails it. But while I might not be blown away by the film, as a longtime fan of Jeff Bridges, I would love to see him win the big awards.
To help promote the film, we’ve been provided with five clip from Crazy Heart and you can check them out after the jump. Also, look for interviews with Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall later this week:
Crazy Heart is written/directed by Scott Cooper with original music by T Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton and Ryan Bingham.