Born To Be Blue (2016)
Critic Consensus: Born to Be Blue benefits from a highlight-reel performance from Ethan Hawke and an impressionistic, non-hagiographic approach to Chet Baker's life and times.
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as Chet Baker
as Jane / Elaine
as Officer Reid
as Danny Friedman
as Miles Davis
as Dizzy Gilespie
as Actor Dick
as Actor Dick
as Elsie Azuka
as Henry Azuka
as Italian Prison Guard
as Bassist Peter
as Sax Steve
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Critic Reviews for Born To Be Blue
Ejogo makes vivid work of that dread device, the composite character. Hawke, film-star handsome but unable to match the ruined angel looks of his alter-ego, still manages to summon up his lost-boy charisma.
Born to be Blue is perhaps a too-clever fictionalised take on the life of the jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, although Ethan Hawke's performance as the musician is as compelling as it is painful.
Hawke portrays Baker as a little boy lost: selfish, sweet, insecure, arrogant, impossible to live with.
Becomes so wedded to stodgy melodrama that you wind up thinking it's a bore to be that blue and just want to hear the man play.
The occasional lows only serve to illustrate what a minefield the genius biopic can be - and how Born to be Blue skips through the genre more nimbly than most.
Audience Reviews for Born To Be Blue
A mature romance/biopic that takes an anguishing look at the life of a self-destructive artist struggling to have his old life back after becoming a heroin addict, with Ethan Hawke conveying an exceptionally nuanced combination of arrogance, vulnerability and determination.
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