Crazy Heart (2009) – Scott Cooper (Friday’s Finest)

When I was writing about a song from A Star is Born, I was surprised to learn I hadn’t already reviewed today’s featured movie – Crazy Heart. This is one of my favourite recent movies which earned Jeff Bridges his first Academy award after seven nominations. It was made for just 7 million dollars but grossed 47 million. It tells the story of a once famous country music artist who suffers from alcoholism and tries to turn his life around after beginning a relationship with a young journalist.

For most of my adult life I too have succumbed to alcoholism and I could relate a lot with this story. Apart from The Big Lebowsky, Crazy Heart is my preferred performance from Jeff Bridges who is one of the least self-conscious screen actors I have seen. The song from Crazy Heart called The Weary Kind (presented below) is very moving.

IMDB Storylines:
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, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician.

“Bad” Blake has a son, aged 28, with whom he has not had contact in 24 years. I have a daughter Johanna ( & Visions of Johanna) who I also have not had contact with for about the same period of time. I wrote about Johanna in The Kookaburra Moment trilogy. I miss her dearly. She attended my baptism shortly after the passing of my father.

An article which will feature in an upcoming ‘Monday – News on The March‘ called ‘When You Overcome Yourself‘ couldn’t be closer to the truth for me. Here is an excerpt:

Energy is free flowing—concentrated inward, or concentrated outward to concentrate energy outward, is to give up yourself
is to give up greed
is to give up lust
is to give up.
You will be surprised what will come to you..

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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26 comments on “Crazy Heart (2009) – Scott Cooper (Friday’s Finest)
  1. A moving reflection, thanks Matthew.

  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Good song Matt….and I have to see that movie now. Great post Matt. I have had some problems myself not with drink…I just can’t drink…something inside of me but when given a huge pain killer supply when 2 discs were my took a few years to get over them.

    • I had one hernia in a disk recently and my sciatic nerve was in severe distress and they put me on morphine when I was in hospital. But the minor surgery went well and now I’m not on anything and recovering. Yeh they say there is an Opiodes epidemic in your country. I’m glad you are over all that. Good to read it.

      Wonderful you like the song. You would love the movie! It’s right up your alley especially with regards to the music. A1 soundtrack.

  3. Im a fan of Bridges’s work. I did a take on ‘American heart’ a while ago. Another good performance by him. A good film in the same vein is ‘Tender Mercies’ with Duval in the lead role.

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