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A fine film -- but the "best scene" didn't make the final cut!,
This review is from: Crazy Heart (DVD)
Have you watched the "extra features" yet on the BLU-RAY edition of "CRAZY HEART"? I did so last night with a rental copy ("89 cents, Thursdays only") -- from my neighborhood mom & pop grocery store [which may yet outlive a nearby Blockbuster that wants six Canadian dollars for similar rental.]
As an aside, may I say I'm one of those odd folks who watch ALL the closing credits of movies -- the last guy left in the theatre, watching the credit roll to the bitter end (usually to find out "who wrote that song?") Glad I watched all the "deleted scenes" from this one as they included one that would have been my `favorite scene' (in an otherwise solid, '4-star' film).
I'm thinking too that, from the perspective of any male who ever fathered a child `out of wedlock' -- and didn't get to meet his child for a couple of decades -- the most powerful scene (I believe) was left on the proverbial `cutting-room floor.'
The segment that runs at least seven minutes, opening with the 28-year-old son, whom "Bad" has never met, or even communicated with, returning his call to say, reluctantly, "and only because my wife says I should," that he's agreed to meet with his dad after all. (We don't get to see him in the film.) "I'll be on the next plane," says his gratified father.
Immediately, we see a cab drive up a long gravel driveway to a farm house, where the young man greets his father with distant politeness, and introduces him to his pretty wife. And though she has only a couple of spoken lines, the superb actress (not named, obviously in the closing credits) conveys the most endearing blend of patience and anxious hope -- trying to will this meeting, which she has arranged, into a genuine, heart-to-heart reconciliation: It is not to be.
When things begin to turn sour, she diplomatically exits to the next room, telling "Bad" -- "You could use another beer." The camera intercuts to her face (only twice) as she listens-in on a conversation going all wrong. Her lovely face is SO expressive -- conveying perfectly her misplaced hope for a reconciliation between father and son - a hope crushed within minutes of "Bad's" arrival.
After some cynical parrying -- with Bad's meagre attempts at conversation ("I saved this money clip for you and always meant to give it to you") his son says, in a flat-toned voice that drips contempt,
"You know, since you got here, you haven't asked a single thing about US -- my wife and me," [and that] "you must be the most self-absorbed S.O.B. on the face of this earth."
`Bad' says, "Call me a cab," and gets up to leave; unable to look his son in the eye, he declares in obvious self-pity, "Well, at least I TRIED." And the viewer realizes that self-pity is the ONLY emotion left to this self-absorbed, alcoholic, `has-been.'
It's a scene so poignant (and so real) it reduced this viewer to tears. How can it be left out? Usually scenes are cut if they don't actually advance the plot: But THIS scene (you may agree) is a mini-masterpiece, fleshing out an aspect of "Bad's" character - to make him even more 'three-dimensional.' And since no other reviewer has mentioned it, I thought it was worth pointing out this one "deleted scene." (See if it doesn't speak to your heart!)
Thanks to the screen writer (or the book's author) for composing this `note-perfect' slice of life; thanks as well to the film's director (or producers) for making sure it was included in those 'extra features.'
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Initial post: Oct 9, 2010 7:02:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2010 6:23:38 AM PDT
Terry Fenwick says:
You are so right about the best scene being left on the cutting room floor.
Posted on Oct 10, 2010 8:39:04 AM PDT
Miles D. Moore says:
Your review makes me want to rent the DVD of Crazy Heart immediately, just to see that one scene! EXCELLENT review!
I have my own review of Crazy Heart, archived at the Scene4 website, if you want to take a look: www.scene4.com.
Best always, Miles
Posted on Oct 10, 2010 3:14:28 PM PDT
L. Quido says:
Having seen it in the theater, I rarely get the DVD as a follow up, but this time I'll have to rent to catch the scene. Your treatment of the film in this review is excellent. Of course, I can't vote, because then I'd be a "friend" and it wouldn't count, anyway. Silly.
And, I admit to being one of the few that stick around for all the credits. Primarily, it is because the musical credits are always last, and there are very few films that move me, if the music does not.
Thanks for your comment on my review... off to Blockbuster!
Posted on Oct 10, 2010 9:13:51 PM PDT
I loved the acting in this film, and so I am going to have to track that scene down- thank you so much for letting us know! BtW- great review!!
Posted on Oct 13, 2010 8:17:06 AM PDT
L. Shirley says:
Thanks for this excellent review - I've had this one in my netflix list and I kept putting other films ahead of it, I'll be moving it to the top now!
stay warm Mark-
Posted on Oct 14, 2010 11:04:29 PM PDT
Betty L. Dravis says:
Wonderful, in-depth film review, MARK! Again you made me smile; I, too, watch the film credits but for a different reason: I like to see if any bit players are in there who went on to make it big later...or if anyone I know is in the movie. LOL... I just watched Legend of the Fall again last night and that is such a powerful, dramatic movie. I loved it. This seems like one I'd like also. Thanks for ALL the details. xo
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2010 1:27:11 PM PDT
D. Mikels says:
Been meaning to get this DVD after I saw the film last winter, and your review sealed the deal, Mark! Can't wait to see that deleted scene.
Posted on Oct 23, 2010 11:16:35 AM PDT
Philip S. Wolf says:
I have wanted to view this film for awhile now, and your review has closed the deal as this sounds like a keeper.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2010 11:28:08 AM PDT
Rudy Palma says:
Great review, Mark. I'm tempted to see it again now post-theatres just for this scene.
Posted on Nov 8, 2010 7:43:36 AM PST
I can't say I have ever heard of this movie, but I noticed you reviewed it, so thought I'd read what you had to say...sounds like a film I might be interested in.
I also find that many films I've enjoyed have had some of their most intruiging scenes cut from the final film, and I often wonder at the justification of such choices. Some scenes just add to the story and shouldn't be touched.