Wow, what an amazing performance by Jeff Bridges. He definitely deserved that Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Maggie Gyllenhaal also did a great job, and that’s not just my love for her talking. I really think she deserved that nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. I’m not a fan of country music at all, but the music in this film is enjoyable, especially “The Weary Kind,” which, of course, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. The movie itself is very good, but I wouldn’t call it great. The cinematography is always realistic, and there are some shots of landscapes that are just stunning. The last scene was shot so beautifully that it brought tears to my eyes. Some scenes are bound to put a smile on your face, and some will leave you at the edge of your seat. I went into this film knowing only that it won a couple of Oscars and was about a country musician, and boy was I blown away. 8/10.
Carey Mulligan looks so young that when she’s portraying a 16-17 year old in the film, you often forget that she’s already 24. However, it isn’t her looks that made the role, and so I’m glad that she got the nomination for Best Actress at the Oscars, and I’ll be sure to look out for anything else she shows up in. This film is the first I’ve seen of Mulligan, but there were some familiar faces playing supporting roles quite different from where I first became acquainted with them, and it was nice to see that. The film was very charming in some points, and in contrast, very heavy in others. Some of the lines were just genius, and the story itself was much better than the average coming-of-age movie. The cinematography was gorgeous, and that’s not just because Mulligan is in almost every scene. When Mulligan’s character preferred the glamorous side of London from the perspective of the wealthy elites, we’d see how pretty and wonderful it is. When her character was leaning the other way, the film would show just how appealing a normal life can be. This is a quiet film, and some would even go as far as to call it boring. I was kind of expecting it to be sort of boring, but I actually quite liked it. 8/10.