The movie, which lands at Tribeca Film Festival this month, centers on the younger Buckley's breakout 1991 performance -- a tribute show to his father and American avant-garde musician, Tim Buckley. The concert is widely viewed as the start of the younger Buckley's stint in show business, a career tragically cut short by his death at the age of 30.
So what do we think of Badgley, the former "Gossip Girl" actor, as the leading man? Well, he has received surprisingly positive reviews since clips of him singing signature Buckley tunes surfaced online last year. Spin went so far as to call the impersonator "decent" while Fuse noted, "Badgley's voice does Jeff Buckley justice, and that's no small feat." He did seem to nail "Once I was," a Tim Buckley original, in this recently released video.
We'll have to wait until the movie's April 16 release to make real judgments. But to be fair, Badgley has to fill the shoes of a man Jimmy Page once labeled as "a great, great singer," and whose album, "Grace," David Bowie declared as one of his 10 desert island picks. Watch the trailer above and let us know your thoughts on the movie in the comments. If you don't like it, you can always wait for the other Jeff Buckley film, which actually has the rights to the songwriter's music. (Scroll down for more arts news)
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