“Born to Be Blue” has to be the first biopic about Chet Baker. Baker doesn’t get the fan fervor from younger Jazz fans like he got a few decades ago. I think that boils down to changing demographics and his downfall losing its appeal. That does sound creepy bringing up how misfortune can breed fan interest. But, here we are!

Ethan Hawke continues to slay these roles, as he embraces his indie cinema leanings. I’m not sure how much is him and how much is the Linklater influence, but the man deserves his props. The same goes for Carmen Ejogo, as she continues to be the best actress in most movies. Stunning work all around, but I feel that it runs a smidge too short. Oh well, now I’m off to listen to some Jazz records and shoot some rats.


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RELEASE DATE: 7/26/2016

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The Plot Thus Far

Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke s virtuoso performance, Born to Be Blue unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.


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