Director: Scott Cooper. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall. Colin Farrell. 112 min. Rated R. Musical.
After watching so many of his movies, I never realized what Bridges basically looked like: an alcoholic. More than a third of Crazy Heart is in close-up, and the miserable self-reflection Bridges provides as a country singer with a royally screwed-up life, hit notes far deeper than what Ray or Walk the Line were able to achieve, making this an exercise in honest storytelling. Notably, the power of the movie is not only in Bridges' performance, but also in his chemistry with the supporting actors, Gyllenhaal, Farrell, and Duvall. (This was the first time I discovered Gyllenhaal's star quality.)