This movie arrived from Netflix a couple of weeks ago, and the night that I watched we just were not in the mood for it. I guess that means that the movie is not the greatest, but it turned out to be decent when it really got going. The movie stars Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It almost reminds me of a contemporary western movie or something. It is hard to describe, but it follows the music industry heavily. I am sure the are references to other country artists that I do not fully grasp as well. What can I say, I have really stopped listening to country music. I put it on the station every now and then, but I just don’t connect with it like I used to.
The movie follows an older country singer (Jeff Bridges) who has hit rock bottom. He is a heavy drinker, and he has nothing in his life to write about. He travels all over the U.S. playing at any location that will let him. His drinking really prevents him performing at an acceptable level, and he seems to have forgotten the words at times. He is even forced to leave the stage because of vomiting. On one of his shows, he is interviewed by a young reporter (Maggie Gylenhaal), and they begin a relationship. It is awkward to say the least.
The singer falls in love again, and he is able to write songs. His songs have always been extremely popular, and a very popular singer has asked him to tour with him. The new star used to be in the veteran’s band. It is funny how things have changed. The new star asks the veteran to write him songs, and the veteran really has no choice. He is playing at bowling alleys and bars, and he has to find a way to pay the bills. The romance with the reporter allows him to have the content for the new songs.
The movie follows this path for most of the movie, and I even thought that every thing would turn out alright. The old singer really loves the reporter and her son, and he does everything that he can to make the little boy have a great time. The reporter and son come to visit him in Houston, and the singer offers to give the reporter/mom a break in the afternoon. She reluctantly agrees, and she goes out for a little while. The singer is in need of a drink, stops by a bar, and loses the little boy. They eventually find him, but the damage has already been done.
The reporter takes her son back home with her, and she does not see the singer anymore. He does try to go back and get her, but she tells him that she can never trust him again. He writes songs about her, and he stops drinking. She just doesn’t let him back in her life. At another show, he runs into her, and he sees that she is married to another man. In that instant, you can see his heart break, but he keeps his composure. He gives her a check for a large sum of money, and she says that she can’t take it. He simply says that if it wasn’t for her the check wouldn’t exist. Of course, she then took the money.
In the end, the movie is decent. It is very slow, and I might say boring at times. What can you expect from a movie about country music? Either way, I think that you can find some entertainment, if you give it a try.