The plot is a country & western cliche but Bridges' vanity-free performance elevates the film above it. A physical and financial wreck, Bad Blake still has the charm and loves the music but he's a has-been reduced to croaking at bowling alley venues thanks to too much hard living. Sympathetic--and much younger--Santa Fe journalist/single mom Jean Craddock (Gyllenhaal) offers an unexpected lifeline as does Bad's very successful protege Tommy Sweet (Farrell) who gives him an opening act gig and the push to write some new songs. And yep, Bridges and Farrell are solid doing their own singing. Based on the 1987 novel by Thomas Cobb.
Is it ever too late to do the right thing? Can you go so far over the hill that no amount of regret or attempts at reconciliation can ever bring you back to the other side? Does that mean you shouldn't even try? These are timeless human questions that have ...Read More
The material here is very weak: "Tender Mercies" covered the same territory with much more depth. The two leads are played well (though one is constantly thinking of how Kris Kristofferson would have handled the Bad role), but there are basic cinematic flaws - big ones. Bad's paramour says, for instance, that his drinking makes it like "living with a rattlesnake" - yet we never see even a flash of anger from him. He seems much more the depressive drunk than a bipolar one. Good rookie effort, lots of rookie mistakes. Two bones.