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About the Movie
A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 111
- Fresh: 98
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Hawke makes this sweeter, gentler Baker believable in a schoolgirl-diary way-this is the Baker we want to believe in when we lie back in the embrace of his trumpet sound.
Fresh: When Hawke's Baker finally slips out of the whiney loser persona and performs "My Funny Valentine," the scene evokes Baker's elusive melancholy and wistful torment, making the earlier fumblings worth the struggle.
Fresh: Fine work from Hawke as a self-destructive jazz icon in this uneven but compelling drama.
Fresh: By the final act, it's chilling how much Hawke has transformed into the late-career musician, looking aged well beyond his years.
VERY GOOD - For Jazz Fans Only
First you would have to be a jazz fan and somewhat curious about the best or second best (after Mr. Davis) trumpet player of that era (50s - 60s). There was debate about best or second best (Baker vs. Davis) at that time. Chet is the icon of west-coast-cool. Having read quite a bit about Mr. Baker, the film is interpretive fiction based on a lot of fact—well done, well presented, and well acted. It's decidedly slanted more to the man than his music which adds to the film itself. The scenes of his going home to relearn his instrument, of which the trumpet is one of the more demanding ones, is well done. Mr. Hawke is to be commended for his portrayal of an insecure legend in the jazz world.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2016
- © 2015 BTB Blue Productions Ltd and BTBB Productions SPV Limited. All Rights Reserved.
- Born to Be Blue (Music from the Motion Picture)
- Various Artists