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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
SFF Review: Greetings From Tim Buckley (Daniel Algrant, 2013)
As Tim Buckley’s son Jeff (Penn Badgely, Margin Call), a few years before he made his acclaimed ‘95 debut album Grace, prepares to participate in a tribute concert to his late father, we get glimpses into the 70s of Tim’s (Ben Rosenfield) short career in this dual rock biopic from director Daniel Algrant.
Algrant’s decision to insert the audience into this specific period of Jeff’s life, the first time his own intimately collided with his father’s, is a good decision. The soundtrack is suitably made up of Tim’s music, and his legacy is clearly admired and respected. Jeff, who never knew his father, save for a few brief meetings when he was very young, is more indifferent. He is struggling to escape the expectations placed on him, while trying to understand the extent of his own musical talents. It is courtesy of his friendship with Allie (Imogen Poots, 28 Days Later), one of the production assistants, and his involvement in the tribute concert that he is then able to go on to capture the heart of his own generation.