A film by Robert Budreau
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie
We just go this film in a week ago and it is going to get off the grid so soon in Paris anyway. it is about the jazz trumpet legend Chet Baker . It first was done in a documentary of his life called Let’s get lost which I have not seen yet but will soon enough.
Born To Be Blue is interested, refreshingly, in what Baker’s charisma meant and how it operated. Outside of talent, there was something about Baker’s image the James Dean’s hair the predominant jaw line and yes he drew audiences big time he was on the top of the bill board No. 1 above Davis Miles. He was a gifted artist but a long time addiction of heroin killed his images and it went down to hell. The film picks up where he is in jail in Italy. He is trying to kick up the habit and get back his life together. The film focuses on the period in the 1950s and 1960s when Baker became emblematic of what was known as West Coast jazz, an anomaly because of the color of his skin, but it was embraced by some legend of the day like Miles Davis, Dizzy,Gillespie, Charlie Parker. The film shows Baker gutting his way back after getting his front teeth knocked out in 1968 under mysterious circumstances. A great film were Ethan Hawks Shines big time. A performance that understands Baker’s appeal, Baker’s demons and eventual willingness to fight those demons, and later the unwillingness to fight them. Plus the charisma that he had to him was probably a curse. A terrific look at the come back of this great artist who had it all, lost it all, and came back but could not fight off his demons.