In “Juliet Naked”, Chris O’Dowd plays Duncan who is folk rocker Tucker Crowe’s biggest fan. Every word he speaks is about Tucker Crowe. Every discussion leads to Tucker this and Tucker that. His man cave is blanketed in Tucker Crowe photos and posters. He even runs a fan site for Crowe. He worships Tucker, but no surprise there since Tucker is portrayed by Ethan Hawke.
In the past few years Ethan Hawke has been on a career high, and 2018 is no exception. 2018 brought his first full action film in “24 Hours To Live”. He has garnered Oscar nomination talk that is well deserved in one of the very best films of the year. Hawke plays a deeply conflicted priest in Paul Schrader’s stunning, harsh and brilliant “First Reformed”. Here comes Ethan Hawke again starring in his second best film of the year. “Juliet Naked” reminds us he’s one of the most natural and versatile film actors. “Juliet Naked” gives us his most charming film performance to date.
The light and breezy pop music confection “Juliet, Naked”, joins the ranks of “Begin Again” and “Hearts Beat Loud”. Director Jesse Peretz who hasn’t directed a film since 2011’s “My Idiot Brother”, adapts the author of “High Fidelity”, “Fever Pitch” and “About A Boy”, Nick Hornsby’s novel “Juliet Naked”. Ethan Hawke plays an all but forgotten singer songwriter named Tucker Crowe, who garnered rave reviews and modestly successful commercial success with one album titled “Juliet”, in the early 1990s. One night halfway through a gig at a Minneapolis club called The Pit, Tucker suddenly and mysteriously vanished. Despite getting out of the limelight, Tucker’s legend lives on for a small circle of a few hundred loyal fans who flock to a website devoted to all things Tucker Crowe. This is where Chris O’Dowd’s character Duncan comes into play. He is perfectly cast as the obnoxious super fan and blogger behind the Tucker Crowe fan site.
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