I was surprised at how much I loved this film. Jeff Bridges stars as Bad Blake, an over the hill country singer who is perpetually on the road and can't seem to get his life in order. His alcoholism is out of control and his once-promising career has lost direction.
The music laced throughout the film is outstanding; I found myself humming the tunes long after the film had ended. Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell do all their own singing, and they sound great. Their lone scene performing on stage together is a highlight.
I only wish the director had cast an actress older than Maggie Gyllenhaal as Bridges' love interest. Their age gap renders their onscreen relationship not entirely believable. Still, the actors do well to sell it.
Music fans rejoice: this is a film that respects musicians and offers a truth-filled portrait of the music business. Watching it all unfold is a rare treat.
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