by Ciara Dolan
Directed by Ethan Hawke, Blaze explores the legacy of nation singer/songwriter Blaze Foley, who belonged to the same scene as Townes Van Zandt, but was murdered earlier than many people obtained to know his identify. There’s loads of mythology surrounding Foley and his hillbilly appeal—he was recognized for sporting duct tape on the ideas of his cowboy boots—however Ben Dickey’s uncooked efficiency makes the main target the flawed, tender man behind the songs (Lucinda Williams once referred to as Foley “a genius and an attractive loser,” which pretty much nails it).
Blaze’s greatest moments contain his relationship with actress Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat) and the time they spent dwelling collectively in a treehouse in Georgia, however these get minimize off because of frequent jumps to sepia-toned flashbacks. That nonlinear narrative also type of is sensible, although, given the fact that Blaze’s history was lived by individuals who have been typically engulfed in a cloud of cigarette smoke and affected by whiskey amnesia.
It’s not the primary time Hawke has made a movie a few forgotten musician—his 2014 directorial debut Seymour: An Introduction retraced the lifetime of classical pianist Seymour Bernstein. Blaze isn’t notably exceptional, but the attention given to Foley’s love story and the toll of his habit are quietly gripping.
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