So, how hard is it to make a Jeff Buckley movie if you don’t have official access to his songs or life story? Apparently, not that hard. While “Mystery White Boy” continues to marinate, “Greetings From Tim Buckley” has cast, shot, played a major festival and is now getting ready for release. And you know what, it’s not as much like Jackie Jormp-Jomp as you might think. Good luck to whoever gets cast as Jeff Buckley in the next movie, because Penn Badgley — uneven as the movie turns out — is actually pretty good.
Granted, Badgley doesn’t look much like the late singer and spends most of ‘Buckley’ sorta moping around, but when it comes time to sing, the dude delivers (here’s a clip of him doing a full song). The movie centers on the leadup of Jeff’s first public performance at a tribute concert for his late father Tim Buckley, who wasn’t exactly Dad Of The Year as the movie makes clear. But Jeff manages to put aside his conflicted feelings with the help of the ray of sunshine that is Imogen Poots and who can blame the guy?
‘Buckley’ will hit theaters and be available on demand on April 16th. Watch below.