Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be.
My Review: Jeff Bridges was fantastic of playing a man who is down on his luck and has nothing to live for. The authenticity of the role made it feel like it was a story being told of a loved one. It succeeds at doing so by showing the landscape of how the person lives (i.e. his broken home and failed relationships in the past). A big surprise was seeing Colin Farrell play the role of a successful artist which is ironic in a sense because Farrell typically takes roles that show him in a "bad-boy" position. The situations that the characters faced in the film are simplistic but they nail them down to a tee so that you feel that it is something that you can relate to at some point in your life. Oscar worthy performances sprinkled with a sensitive story and sobering story. 3 and a half out of 4 stars.