Greetings from Tim Buckley [trailer]

One of the best rock albums of the past 20 years is undoubtedly Jeff Buckley’s “Grace” record. His follow-ups were pretty great too but something about that album just soars in my memory and heart and it’s still a weekly listen. So when I heard a movie was being made loosely reflecting the Jeff and Tim Buckley biography, I got kind of excited. Not sure why exactly as I knew/know nothing about their personal live or their relationship. But hey, I absolutely adore the album, so a movie about the guy would probably be cool right? And hey, James Franco would fit the role perfectly!

So here we are; about six years after the announcement of the film and we finally have a trailer – and alas, it is not James Franco, but another guy that pretty much looks as close to Buckley as need be in Penn Badgley (who?). Perhaps more important than the looks, Badgley appears to have the voice down pat. Nice touch.

Greetings from Tim Buckley follows the story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. Through a romance with a young woman working at the concert, he learns to embrace all of his feelings toward the father who abandoned him – longing, anger, forgiveness, and love. Culminating a cathartic performance of his father’s most famous songs, Jeff’s debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time before his early demise at age 30. [via]

The film played at this year’s Toronto Int’l Film Festival to apparently decent reviews. If you’ve seen the film, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. Otherwise, here’s the trailer for the movie. Quite honestly, it’s nice to see Imogen Poots getting some work, but otherwise, just judging from this trailer, this movie looks like an absolute slog of a snooze-fest.

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Jim Laczkowski

This looks terrible, and I’m a huge huge Jeff Buckley fan. He’s one of the main reasons I became a songwriter in the mid 90s after hearing Grace. A friend of mine saw this and said it was indeed a real snoozefest and the lead actor brought nothing to the role. Damn shame.

Jim Laczkowski

And yes, you’re totally right… James Franco would’ve been perfect and I’ve said that ever since I first saw him on Freaks & Geeks!

big scott

I’ve read the book, and I as well was thrilled, but am not thrilled any longer.