Born to Be Blue

2015

Action / Biography / Drama / Music / Romance

48
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 6042

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Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker
Carmen Ejogo as Jane / Elaine
Katie Boland as Sarah
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Movie Reviews

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

Reviewed by Prismark10 5 / 10

A jazz story

It is really difficult to do something new about a jazz musician with a frenzied personal life be it women, alcohol, drugs or all three because it seems that all great jazz musicians had the same issues.

Born to be Blue is a lower scale film but thematically not too different from Bird directed by Clint Eastwood back in 1988.

Chet Baker was known for his west coast jazz sound. He also had problems with drug addiction and going in and out of prison. When he has his teeth smashed and has to wear dentures, Baker has to learn how to play the jazz trumpet again as well as stay clean when those around him are doubtful.

Ethan Hawke gives a gut wrenching performance as Baker trying to start all over again as a musician when previously it had been all so easy. Now no one wants to give him another chance as he has let down so many people down in the past. The film though is low wattage and offers little new though.

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