Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn..
In the 1950s, Chet was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz sound and scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke’s virtuoso performance, Born to Be Blue unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.
The NYTimes’ Critics Pick: “In Mr. Hawke’s extraordinary performance, this glamorous enigma becomes a credible, if pathetic character who lives for only two things: to play the trumpet and to shoot heroin.“
(US / 2015 / Directed by Robert Budreau)
R / 98 mins.