If last year’s The Wrestler proved anything, it’s that the Academy and audiences alike love a good comeback story. Hey! But what’s better than a comeback story starring a dog-abusing butthole like Mickey Rourke? I’ll tell you:
A comeback story starring The Dude. Crazy Heart looks as though it has a narrative arc similar to The Wrestler, but here, we’re looking at a washed-up, alcoholic, broken-down country singer, Bad Duke, trying to redeem himself late in life. And with Jeff Bridges in the lead role, it already has a solid jumpstart on The Wrestler. Add in Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farell, working off a script by first-time director, Scott Cooper, and what you’ve got here is the possibility of one of them acting tore day forces them critics is always on about.
What I’m saying is: Crazy Heart looks fantastic.