Others have labeled this 2009’s The Wrestler, and I think that fits it perfectly, both in storyline and quality. Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, a washed-up country singer trying to find his way back to the top. It’s one of the best roles of his career and I’d be surprised and disappointed if he didn’t walk away with the Oscar next week.
I am not much of a country music fan, however the music is beautiful. Bridges turns out to be quite the singer and gives several memorable performances, not to mention Colin Farrell’s performance of “The Weary Kind,” a song which is rightfully receiving a lot of awards attention. First time director Scott Cooper uses subtlety and a quiet, slow pace to great effect, so everything breezes along and never bores. It’s a touching film and Bridges’ performance is not to miss.