September 27, 2018

Blaze is in select theaters on September 28th, 2018.

Blaze was a biopic of the life of Blaze Foley, written and directed by Ethan Hawke. Blaze Foley was an American country singer who became most popular in Austin, Texas. This movie depicted more of Blaze’s love life and his muse for so many of his songs, rather than focusing solely on the music itself. It was interesting to see how his life would unfolder after his wife, Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat), coerced him into following his dreams of becoming a legend.

Unlike other biographies of those who become uncontrollable in the eyes of fame, Foley (Ben Dickey) did his best to stay genuine and true. We watch as those who are meant to be, come to realize that maybe they are better off without one another. It is a sad movie when things fall threw for Blaze and his life comes to an unexpected end. He was underappreciated as a singer/song-writer while he was alive. However, that would soon change after he was gone. The film unveils recreated footage of his last bar gig, in which his final songs would change the public’s view of his music forever.

I enjoyed this movie and though I hadn’t heard of Blaze previously, I feel as though this film did a great job depicting who he really was. That being said, do not let the fact that you may not know who Blaze Foley is stop you from seeing this film! It was definitely unlike any other biopic I’ve seen. The story of Blaze is told from several points of view and has a lot going on all at once. But, never the less that is one of the many things that will keep you so intrigued while watching this movie. Ethan Hawke based this movie off of information from his co-writer, Sybil Rosen herself, and her memoir called Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

KelsiKelsi (Contributor) raised in Toledo and has been an avid moviegoer since she was little. In her down time you can always find her outdoors enjoying nature or catching up on the latest Netflix series! She’s a huge fan of thrillers, horrors, and comedies.
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