James Mangold's Walk the Line tells the life story of country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoe... read morenix), focusing primarily on the long courtship he had with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). The film is structured as an extended flashback opening with Cash readying to take the stage at his historic Folsom Prison Concert. The film touches on his childhood, relating a horrific early incident from his life and establishing the troubled relationship he would have with his father (Robert Patrick). Cash joins the military and leaves home. During his time in the armed services he begins writing songs and romances a hometown girl (Ginnifer Goodwin). After the end of his duty he settles down and attempts to begin a music career, but his wife has trouble adjusting to his dreams. Cash auditions for Sam Phillips (Dallas Roberts), signs to Sun Records, and soon finds himself on tour with a roster of young soon-to-be legends that includes Elvis Presley (Tyler Hilton) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Waylon Malloy Payne). On this tour he meets June Carter, the daughter of the famous Carter family, and they take a liking to each other, although she refuses any serious advances from him. Cash gains world-wide fame thanks in part to the inspiration he gets from June, but eventually his marriage crumbles and he develops a serious drug addiction. The film is based on Cash's autobiographies. Phoenix and Witherspoon performed all of their own singing in the movie, just as Sissy Spacek and Beverly D'Angelo did in Coal Miner's Daughter a quarter-century before. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
When I fade away, I hope I am fortunate enough to have a biography like this one. Not only could Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon play their parts famo
Reviewed 16 months days ago
lly disinterested in this movie, how wrong was I?
This movie is a seriously impressive and crucial biography movie, and is one of my favourite films to date. As Cash fan, the ever impressive Joaquin
Reviewed 4 years days ago
. But as the actual movie goes, it's just a normal, quite boring biography. It's not bad, but it's not amazing.
Directed by Taylor Hackford, this biopic profiles the life of legendary musician Ray Charles. Despit... read moree humble beginnings and the loss of his eyesight due to glaucoma at the age of six, Charles, depicted by Jamie Foxx, would nonetheless become an icon in both the music industry and the civil rights era. While the film delves into his problems with drugs and women, the bulk of the story details his career; among the highlights of that career are 12 Grammy awards and 11 R&B chart-toppers, such as "Unchain My Heart," "Hit the Road, Jack," "Georgia," "Doin' the Mess Around," and "Hallelujah I Just Love Her So." Also among the cast are Larenz Tate as Quincy Jones, as well as Regina King, Kerry Washington, and Clifton Powell. Charles' son, Ray Charles Jr. helped produce the film. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
Although it is still drawn-out, this lovingly produced biography of singer-pianist Ray Charles plays more smoothly on film. Foxx's Oscar-winning title perf
Reviewed 5 years days ago
. 2 1/2 hours of a decent biography, if I can get away with calling it that.
Reviewed 5 years days ago
Cinemagraphic biography, which is very detailed and clearly beyong most films.