Having been nominated for an Oscar four times, Jeff Bridges finally received this long overdue recognition for a role he was born to play. Crazy Heart tells the story of washed-up country singer Bad Blake, whose best days appear to be behind him. Blake was once a top-selling act, but can now only fill small-town bars and bowling alleys. When he falls for Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a reporter half his age, he must confront questions about what to do with his musical talent - and his life. Bridges' performance is so natural that it doesn't seem like acting at all. Gyllenhaal does an acceptable job of playing a beautiful and vulnerable mother, while Colin Farrell, playing Blake's protege Tommy Sweet, aptly portrays a smug country musician at the height of his career. His Irish accent all but disappears and his singing is impressive. The plot is full of cliches, but thankfully the music makes up for it. In particular, the Oscar-winning theme song, The Weary Kind, written by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett, is a marvellous effort that fits the film's mood seamlessly. Crazy Heart will not please those looking for a clever plot, skilful directing or witty dialogue; it is rather a showcase of Bridges' performance, which is wonderful enough to make everything else in the film glitter.