Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films
Most actors try to hang onto their good looks and their sexy image even when they’re well past it and you’d of thought Jeff Bridges would be one of them after all he’s a pretty sexy guy or was when he was young but he seems to of decided he’s going to be a character actor in his later years. He did True Grit which was brave considering it is a classic that is always linked with John Wayne and not just that but he did it as an overweight grizzled smelly old guy not like the smooth young seducer he used to be.
In Crazy Heart he does the same he’s a washed up country singer who used to be a big star but now he’s better at drinking than singing. You can see why Jeff would be interested in this because he’s always been into music I remember in the 1980s he fronted a long show about pop music which was all clips of classic songs and he linked it walking along beaches going “Rock’n’roll!”
He was also in Heaven’s Gate with Kris Kristofferson whose an old singer-songwriter my Mum says she thought he was a bit of alright and he was a bit beardy and gruff I think. That’s what Bad Blake is like in Crazy Heart.
The thing is these old geezers often get given a good looking girl as a co-star who falls in love with them or at least lets them into her drawers for some reason I don’t know I suppose we’re meant to find a mature man’s experience interesting and think we might learn something and all the older women these days are supposed to be “cougars” who want to teach young men all they know so the law of supply and demand means there’s this age gap thing going on.
Anyways in this there’s Maggie Gyllenhaal as a journalist who interviews him and gradually they get close to each other. The thought of getting close to someone like that kind of makes me want to gag but you have to remember that it’s just a film and forget that in reality he must smell like the devil’s handkerchief.
And of course he starts getting his act together and cleaning up and all that, all for the love of a good woman, but then he takes Maggie’s four-year-old son out for the day to a mall and has a drink and manages to lose him I tell you after I watched that once I didn’t want to see it again it was so horrible but after a year or two I gave it another go silly eh? I know it’s only a film and it is all right in the end but it still worried me.
Apart from the love story which takes a big hiccup at that point for obvious reasons there is the professional side with this younger guy Tommy played by Colin Farrell who used to be Bad Blake’s kind of protégé and is now a star in his own write and he wants Blake to write songs for him but he will perform them himself because now he’s the one that sells all the tickets and records. It seems fair enough you can see him thinking it’s wrong having to play second fiddle when you know you’re the real thing and this young twerp ain’t fit to lace your boots or whatever. Must be hard.
But at the end of the film Maggie comes back into it and there seems to be light at the end of the toenail as they say. Jeff Bridges won the Oscar for Best Actor for this and rightly so I reckon he’s growing old not exactly gracefully but he’s accepting change and getting on with it good for him.