Jeff Bridges gives an Oscar-worthy performance in his latest, Crazy Heart, in which he plays Bad Blake, a musician who has seen better times. The movie begins with Bad's tour taking place in dive bars located in bowling alleys and small towns. It is during one of these trips that he comes across journalist, Jean, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. A single-mom, Jean is reluctant to get involved with Bad, but their casual fling develops into something more. Bad becomes attached to both Jean and her four-year-old son, and we discover that Bad has a grown son he never knew. Colin Farrell comes into the story as Tommy Sweet, Bad's former protégé, who is willing to give Bad another chance, but only if his ego will allow it. Between his growing relationship with Jean and opening for Tommy on tour, it seems Bad's life is turning around.
Then a fateful event occurs when Bad is drunk (as he often is throughout the movie), that causes him to lose everything he has recently gained. Enter his favorite bartender and friend, played by Robert Duvall, who helps Bad get back on track. With great performances by the entire cast and music by T-Bone Burnett, this movie is worth checking out. Definitely worth the hype it received during the Oscars.