Monday, January 11, 2010

There's an essay in there for someone who wants to write it....


I went to see a couple of really strong films this weekend - Tom Ford's A Single Man, starring Colin Firth (who is looking absolutely fantastic fyi) and Crazy Heart, the new Jeff Bridges film. Both films deal with broken men - one a gay English prof in 1962 California going through the motions of a life rendered meaningless by the sudden death of his long-term partner, the other a once famous musician now incapacitated by alcohol and the crash of his career (who knows exactly which came first). You couldn't get two more different men from the outside - Colin Firth's character lives a life of absolute order (and my god what a gorgeous life to look upon - well done, Tom Ford - and well done, cinematographer and art director whose names I am too lazy to look up); Jeff Bridges leads a life of absolute disorder (unless you can call keeping your jeans unbuckled so you can pee into a jug in your truck while you drive "order"), but in both instances potential salvation comes, perhaps predictably, through a human connection. Man - sorry, I try to avoid analysis of any sort on this blog, it requires too much brain work. Forgive me - but do go see the films (if you have to choose one, go to A Single Man)

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KelsiK said...
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DJ Wongski said...

Finally saw "Crazy Heart", and quite enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for anything involving country music. (Still love Altman's "Nashville".) Jeff Bridges did a good job, and the soundtrack is great. The ending was a little too tidy, but at least he didn't get back together with Maggie G's character. That would have been a very Hollywood ending.

BunkleLife said...

The end of Crazy Heart is the weak spot - the ease with which he deals with his demons etc is problematic. But I liked it a lot up to that point - and yes, the soundtrack is great!