from Tim Buckley is not a remarkable film, though you wouldn't
have been able to tell that by the audience's reaction at
the U.S. premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.
But it wasn't really the movie they were cheering for at the
American Express-hosted event — it was the music. And, perhaps
surprisingly to some Gossip Girl fans, Penn Badgley.
it was announced that Badgley would play Jeff Buckley in the
film, which follows the late performer in the days leading
up to a tribute for his long-deceased folk hero father, there
was a fair amount of consternation. Dan Humphrey, the tragic,
romantic rock God? But this was before anyone had heard him
a songwriter himself, is never more perfect in the role than
when his character is consumed by music. Unfortunately, that's
only half the time. In the moments when Jeff is not performing,
he is falling in love with one of those bohemian dream girls
that seem to pop up in moments of crisis. Allie, played ever-so-adorably
by British actress Imogen Poots, seems more like a plot device
than a character, even if there are hints of tragedy hidden
among her many quirks.
the audience adored it. A man who claimed to have known both
Tim and Jeff Buckley took the mic during the post-film Q&A
and announced, "I have to tell you, the liberties you took
gave me the distance to really love this film."
Penn (as Jeff) performing
"Once I Was."