Is it a sign of the times that when I hear the word “blue” many things spring to mind: an Eiffel 65 song, Monday, The Smurfs, an antidote to Nick – but not the “blue” we’re talking about here? Here, we’re talking about the most soulful blue… jazz… the blues, man.
Born to Be Blue is the based-on-a-true-story (in other words, mostly fictional) tale of jazz legend Chet Baker’s comeback to the music scene in the 1960’s. Written and directed by Robert Budreau, who’s covered the musician before in the 2009 short The Deaths of Chet Baker, it stars Ethan Hawke (Predestination, Training Day) as the famous trumpeter.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
Born to be Blue starring Ethan Hawke is a re-imagining of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker’s life in the 60’s. When Chet stars in a film about himself, a romance heats up with his costar, the enigmatic Jane (Carmen Ejogo). Production is shelved when Chet’s past comes back to haunt him and it appears he may never play music again but Jane challenges him to mount a musical comeback against all the odds.
Critics have praised Hawke’s performance in this movie, calling it one of the best – and possibly the best – of his career to date; and even from this trailer it’s easy to see why. He brings a quiet dignity to his performance of the man who wrestled with personal demons and struggled through much adversity to redeem himself through music.
Born to Be Blue is due for release in the US on 26 March. In addition to Hawke it stars Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo and Kevin Hanchard.
Last Updated: February 18, 2016