I’ve always been a fan of Jeff Buckley and enjoyed Penn Badgley in Gossip Girl so thought I would check out Greetings from Tim Buckley. The film follows Jeff Buckley in the lead up to his performance at a tribute concert for his father. Badgley plays Jeff Buckley and the film also features flash backs to his father during his career played by Ben Rosenfield (Boardwalk Empire).
What I loved about this film is that Badgley captured perfectly how Jeff Buckley can make a song his own. There is an incredible scene where he is in a record store and finds a copy of I’m Telling You Know and decides to relive his love of the song by singing it in the middle of the store, perhaps in a way that some of us have sung along to a song at home.
Whilst Penn Badgley doesn’t give a replica performance, he does capture the essence of this brilliant singer. And I’m not too familiar with Tim Buckley and his music, Rosenfield also gives a great performance.
This film doesn’t focus on the tragic deaths of both Jeff and his father. But more on a man who didn’t really know his father, is frustrated that his father wasn’t really around for him, yet everyone is celebrating him and believing that he is the better performer but yet to have the matching success. This concert did however bring Jeff to New York which is where he knew he was meant to be to perform. We know that after many performances around New York he released his critically acclaimed album and drowned before he finished his second.
So while we’re on the subject of his own material, I shall leave you with one of my favourite Jeff Buckley songs, from the very few that we sadly got to hear.
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Penn Badgley's star performance
Greetings from Tim Buckley
Amazing performance from Penn Badgley, really brings Jeff to life.