'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Trailer Twists Truth, Badgley's 'Once I Was' Cover Is Great

Silver linings and stirring performances save biopic so far

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Though the thing has racked up a few handsome-looking quotables, the jury's still out as to whether Greetings From Tim Buckley is going to "one of the finest origin stories in recent pop culture history," as Screencrush kinda-sorta said. That phrase pops up in the newly released official trailer for the film — watch above, via Apple — but the critic was actually speaking of the real-life story of Jeff Buckley's phoenix-like rise from the ashes of his father's legacy. As for the movie? It got a 4/10 — they thought it stunk.

You can draw your own conclusions from the clip above, which focuses on the younger Buck's struggle to outrun his deadbeat pop's long, well-loved shadow. In preparing to perform at a tribute concert for Tim in 1991, Jeff (Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley), gets involved with "an enigmatic young woman (Imogen Poots) working at the show and begins to discover the powerful potential of his own musical voice." While an earlier trailer focused on their relationship, this one includes scenes of the elder Buckley, highlighting the familial aspect.

The Dan Algrant-directed film will hit iTunes on April 16 and select theaters May 3. If nothing else, the movie may prove to be a good look for Badgley, whose unexpected singing ability is a thing to be reckoned with. Here he is doing "Once I Was" in a newly uncovered clip, originally via Perez, from Greetings From Tim Buckley:

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