Ethan Hawke saves the reputation of this movie. Otherwise I would give one star, but since he cut so deep into Chet's character, it would be a shame to do so. Very poor camera work, reminds me of an Instagram picture. But what really disappoints me is the lack of imagination of representing the life of such an interesting musician. I would better watch a documentary.
I really wanted to love this film, and while I wasn't overwhelmed, Ethan Hawke certainly gives a superb performance as Chet Baker. He nails the jazz legend's physical and emotional frailty. Some portions of the film feel flat despite the narrative and cinematic risks taken by director Robert Budreau, but the on-screen magic between Hawke and Carmen Ejogo overshadows those fleeting moments.
Ethan Hawke gives what might be a career best performance as musician Chet Baker in this novel magnificent picture. Baker's tale of addiction, reinvention and musical innovation is well told here especially in his relationship with Jane played with gusto by Carmen Ejogo. Shot mostly in Sudbury, Ontario the period is well captured with strong character turns by a Canadian cast. Of note is Kedar Brown as Miles Davis.