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Walk The Line (2005)
Genre: Music Drama (USA, Germany)
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator • Ladder 49), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde • Pleasantville)
Directed By: James Mangold (3:10 To Yuma • Girl, Interrupted)
Overview: The life and times, rise and fall of legendary Rockabilly master, Johnny Cash.
I know I'm a poseur. I know I should have bought my most recent of belt buckles sooner than I did. I know that I should have seen this in theatres when it came out, and I know that having a copy of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968) on CD doesn't make me an expert on the subject of the man whose music, style and influence I am inspired by even more than Elvis.
Now, if you're like me, you haven't delved too much into the life of Johnny Cash and a docu-bio-music-pic may just be right up your alley. But being like me means you're reluctant at getting some all-too-mainstream, not-so-poignant take on yet another drug-addled descent story, yes that's Ray I'm talking about. Hmm, I don't really know how to cover that one except to say that the look, the feel and especially the acting of Walk the Line, is uncommonly moving, impressively told and beautiful to watch.
If you was hit by a truck and you was lying out there in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing *one* song. Huh? One song that people would remember before you're dirt. One song that would let God know how you felt about your time here on Earth. One song that would sum you up. You tellin' me that's the song you'd sing? That same Jimmy Davis tune we hear on the radio all day, about your peace within, and how it's real, and how you're gonna shout it? Or... would you sing somethin' different. Somethin' real. Somethin' *you* felt. Cause I'm telling you right now, that's the kind of song people want to hear. That's the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain't got nothin to do with believin' in God, Mr. Cash. It has to do with believin' in yourself.
Now Reese Whitherspoon ain't no June Carter, but Joaquin is certainly a wicked Johnny, especially since he sang all the songs himself, which definitely makes for a better overall atmosphere.
Performance: 9 Cinematography: 8 Script: 8 Plot: 8 Mood: 9
Overall Rating: 84% (Hell, Even Stand In Line)
It's this simple. If you like Johnny Cash, you'll like this. After having been blown away by 3:10 To Yuma, I thought I'd given this director another chance my checking this one out. There's one scene I watched a couple times, the audition he has with Sam Phillips, quoted above. The answer to this question is Fulsom Prison Blues, and besides being a fantastic song by its own right, Joaquin conveys the perfect mix of fear in the audition, pain in the sentiment he's singing about, and joy at the opportunity, all while the camera frames him and his band in a tight little claustrophobic bubble. Fantastic cinema, my friends.