Born to Be Blue

2015

Action / Biography / Drama / Music / Romance

50
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 6658

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Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker
Carmen Ejogo as Jane / Elaine
Katie Boland as Sarah
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23.976 fps
1hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SquigglyCrunch 8 / 10

Ethan Hawke is Amazing, as is Everything in Between

Born to be Blue follows famed jazz musician Chet Baker as he struggles with both losing and attempting to regain his ability to play the trumpet, as well as quitting his addiction to heroin.

Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker, and I was a little unsure as to what I'd think. I haven't been terribly impressed by Hawke, despite liking him in his movies. He hasn't blown me away with anything. That is, until this movie. He's pretty great. He fits the character perfectly as this rough-around-the-edges but still used to the wealthy lifestyle which he has and a little naive because of it kind of guy. One would think that the higher tone of voice he uses for this role might be annoying, but it really isn't. Plus he just looks the part. He was perfect in every way for this film and his character.

This is a movie about a famous jazz musician, so we can assume that the soundtrack will be good. And it certainly is. Not much to say there, but it's great. The fact that Hawke even sang all of it is even more impressive on his part. He's got a great voice for the part too, and I'll definitely be listening to this soundtrack in the future.

The flashback sequences were pretty cool. Normally filters placed over a scene bother me, but in this case it worked really well. That, and the fact that it isn't the whole movie placed under a filter. Plus, the filter is just really cool. It suits the movie with it's black and white look with a tint of blue. It looks like a flashback, but it has this dark liveliness to it, similarly to how Baker's life was portrayed. Furthermore, the movie decides to use the same actress as his lover for both the flashbacks and the present for reasons that I won't spoil. But trust me, it was a interesting decision and it worked.

And the climax, or more just the whole last twenty or so minutes, are amazing. They are easily the best part of the movie. There's an excellent scene right before the climax itself involving a decision Baker has to make, and it's so good. Of course, Hawke continues to tell us how great he is in this role. Then the climax itself starts and it's great. And as it comes to a close it wraps itself up in a way that we don't see often. It's a realistic, unconventional way of doing it that I figure is the truth. As far as biographies go, we don't see a lot of them where the ending isn't all good and happy. Born to be Blue is one of those rare movies that has the balls to tell an honest story with an honest ending, and I loved it. Right down to how certain small elements were handled were just on point.

If I can find any real error in this movie its the fact that the general plot of some skilled person hitting rock bottom and working their way back up has been used many times. However, the presentation is all that really matters in a case like this, and I thought it was pretty great. On top of that the movie is, despite being only 97 minutes long a little slow. Maybe I expected it to fly by because of how much shorter it is than some other movies, but I thought it dragged just a little from time to time.

Overall Born to be Blue is pretty fantastic. The acting, specifically from Ethan Hawke is great, the music is great, the climax is fantastic, and it all around nailed it's presentation of an otherwise unoriginal idea. This is one of the best movies of the year and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Reviewed by CallEmLike ICem 8 / 10

Bluer than you probably imagine, but still great

This movie's about a fellow battling some personal demons. We never really get a good feeling about his chances to win. We keep rooting for him anyhow.

It really snuck up on me. I was repulsed by some of the repulsive scenes, but didn't notice how subtle yet effective the love story was until the tragic end, when it pretty much broke my heart, darn it.

Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker, a jazz trumpeter who achieved 40's and 50's popularity by playing music that sounded like a beautiful dream. His own life was nightmare: wandering into heroin addiction, an anchor that never stops dragging him down.

Carmen Ejogo plays Jane, who fights the battle with him when he needs to kick it to make a comeback. She temporarily derails her own life trying to straighten out his.

The movie is very well made, letting us fill in blanks. Like why does Ejogo gets involved with him in the first place. That led me to wonder why there's always someone like her around trying to pull someone like him out of their self-made quicksand. It becomes a kind of meditation on love and addiction, and when the line between the two gets blurred. These two characters may have a lot more in common than they realize.

The final scene between the two is very powerful. I was stunned by the acting. Ejogo doesn't even speak. It's too bad it's such a sad movie, otherwise it might be getting some Oscar nods.

Not for kiddies or when you want something cheerful, but if everyone in the room's a grownup and you don't mind something tough, it's a great movie.

Reviewed by rps-2 6 / 10

Very dark

This was an excellent production, well done, well acted and well produced with some creative cine-shots. But it is disturbingly dark. Lady Sings The Blues was similar but it didn't have the dark undercurrent of this piece. I never knew much about Chet Baker so I can't comment on its accuracy.(Judging from other reviews here, it is much more fiction than fact.) There is very effective intercutting of black and white (the past) and colour (the present.) The F-word is over used and the sex scenes are a bit too graphic, too long and too frequent. I was interested in the Canadian credits and to find out here much was shot in Sudbury and Espanola Ontario, hardly Hollywood North. Overall, it's a worthwhile watch. But expect a downer

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