Movie Review: Ethan Hawke’s ‘Blaze’

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re doing well! I was invited to the ‘Blaze’ movie premiere Tuesday at Alamo Drafthouse. Hours before the premiere, I interviewed Ben Dickey , the star of ‘Blaze’. Ethan Hawke, the movie’s director will be coming to El Paso in a few days. If time permits (on his account of course because I have time for him :)), I might have an interview with him before the second premiere. I am going to wait a few days to see if it happens. If it does, I will include the interviews from him and Ben in a post. If not, I will share the interview I did with Ben. I had a great time meeting and talking to Ben! He is super nice, humble and down to earth. I think he is going to make it big in Hollywood if he hasn’t already. “Blaze” hits theaters nationwide in September. Hawke is from Austin so he wanted the movie to premiere in Texas first. Him and Ben are currently promoting “Blaze” throughout several cities in Texas. The movie takes place in Austin during some parts. Here’s my review below:

Blaze Foley is a damaged and complex character. He’s the type of character you love for a few minutes but can’t stand for a few more. These are the kinds of characters that always stand out in books and movies. One likes him because he writes his love songs from the heart and he’s romantic. He sometimes resembles a big, cuddly teddy bear. Even though the couple eventually breaks up because Foley wants to focus on his music career more, the love he and Sybil share is timeless and true. “Blaze” is based on the book “Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley” by Sybil Rosen. She co-wrote the movie with Ethan Hawke.

One doesn’t like Blaze when he’s intoxicated and mean or… he’s snorting cocaine or cheats on Sybil. Blaze gets close to stardom but screws up because he’s often intoxicated and gets rowdy on stage. “Blaze” switches around in flashbacks and three different stories throughout the movie. I was a little bit bored with his friends and their stories/interviews in the movie but… I completely understand their roles in the movie. The love story is what kept me in my seat.

Cybil and Blaze’s love has amazing chemistry. The scenes of them living in the middle of nowhere in the woods were memorable. Something else that made their connection stronger was losing a baby. This affects Blaze during one of the movie’s scenes. “Blaze” has a lot of humor which of course was enjoyable. One of the best quotes that describes the movie is “Sorry about your troubles ma’am but everybody’s got them.” If it weren’t for watching the movie, I (like most others) would’ve never heard of Blaze Foley. I’m not too much of a country music fan but there’s some exceptions. I decided to take a chance on it and…I’m glad I did! Don’t take the kiddos to this one! Take care everyone and I’ll see you soon!

P.S. My friend, Ryan Loera from the Madman Reads and Rocks YouTube channel also included his own review of “Blaze.” He attended the El Paso movie premiere. You can check it out here. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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Disclaimer: Although me and my family attended this event with movie passes, it did not guarantee a positive review. My truthful opinion is reflected in this review.

 

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5 comments

  1. Crazy Rich Asians was good – and enjoyable! – but not perfect, by any means. Still, plot holes aside, it hit me right in the emotions and the setting and cultural differences to any other romcom I’ve seen make it well worth the ticket price!

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  2. I just saw this preview the other day when I saw Crazy Rich Asians.
    I’m not a country music fan, either, so my reaction – and likely reason for seeing it – was “Hey, that’s Alia Shawkat!”
    It’ll be interesting to see her in this role.

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