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Walk the Line
Love is a burning thing.
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Biopics are one of my favorite genres of films. However unless you get just the right actor to play the person, it can be dead in the water before it even gets going. James Mangold did exactly that when he handed Joaquin Phoenix the role of a lifetime as legendary singer Johnnie Cash.
This musical biopic of one of country musics most enduring performers begins with the story of a young boy who grows into a man full of guilt, anger, and sorrow, before his redemption and the love of his life leads him to greatness. Cash's early life of hardship in Arkansas and his strained relationship with his father seem to have damaged his psyche and self esteem. Constantly…
Performances : 8.1/10
Story : 7.2/10
Production : 6.8/10
Overall : 7.37/10
Solid cast. Every character was well acted, even the smaller roles. It's definitely one of those films that feels longer than it really is, but there were no low points, it was very well paced.
There's nothing groundbreaking going on but it's a fun film, especially for fans of Cash.
Walk the Line is a pretty standard, by-the-numbers but still entertaining biopic that’s mainly saved by two outstanding lead performances. I’ve been on a bit of a Joaquin Phoenix marathon recently, and his take on Johnny Cash is pretty remarkable. He didn’t look much like Cash but you barely notice because of how good he is. Reese Witherspoon is also great. The music is another highlight, especially considering Phoenix didn’t know how to play guitar before the film. The film's length is a problem, I watched the theatrical cut and still thought it was too long.
Rewatched as a new part of my movie collection.
Though many may not think so, I really think that this is one of the best biopics ever. Sure, a little long. But the performances, the writing, and the music all contribute to making this an excellent portrayal of an admirable man's life.
Johnny Cash's devotion to God is very inspirational to myself as a Christian, and the story of his redemption, from heavy drugs to recognition of what joys can be found without their detrimental use.
And as for Joaquin's performance... incredible. Especially in the music, he does a fantastic job of imitating Cash's voice yet adding a somewhat independent sound. In some ways, with certain songs, I enjoy Phoenix's version more than Cash's original.
I'm really glad to add this to my collection, and I'm glad that it's a Collector's Edition (because I flippin' love collector's editions).
Joaquin Phoenix' best performance since his role in PETA's 'Joaquin Phoenix Doesn't Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving'.
It's almost impossible to watch this after having seen Walk Hard, which does such an amazing job of illustrating how a biopic can reduce the complexities of its subject's life into a series of screenwriting beats. In this case, I would have appreciated if they'd illustrated how Johnny Cash's battle with addiction was as much motivated by spiritual doubt and existential anxiety rather than using his guilt over his brother's death and his unrequited love for June Carter as a pat explanation for his demons. That the movie reduces Cash's religious beliefs to a few lines of dialogue and one shot of Joaquin Phoenix walking towards a church seems to miss the point entirely. That said, I acknowledge that my version of Walk the Line wouldn't have made $100 million, and James Mangold's version is entertaining, well-crafted, and helped immensely by Phonenix's performance, which suggests the complexities of Johnny Cash that the script neglects to explore.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I had heard good things about this movie from both my friends and my family for years and I finally got around to watching it and it did not disappoint.
Both Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon did a fantastic job and my music loving self appreciated all the music as well.
But, beyond all of that I think what I liked most was Johnny's conflicting story and his past with his father and how all of that reflected in its career and just how tough it can get, especially when you're that famous.
Anyhow, I loved this movie and even though it's not 100% perfect I'd recommend it to anyone, hence my 4/4 stars rating.
"Walk The Line" possesses a stunning performance from Joaquin Phoenix, a solid performance from Reese Witherspoon, and although long and predictable, 'Walk The Line" is an enjoyable biopic with tremendous music.
Letter Grade: B+
Biopic musical del gran Johnny Cash.
Después de haber visto el vídeo de su versión de Hurt, donde se suceden imágenes de su vida y de sus últimos momentos junto a June Carter, nunca hubiese imaginado lo tormentoso de sus días ( por otra parte, cómo si no podría vivir una gran estrella )
Empezando desde el final y retratando su relación con la música, las drogas y las mujeres; esta película se ha comparado con Ray, siendo quizá una vertiente bastante más ácida de las biografías musicales.
While suffering from many unintentional giggles thanks to superb spoof "walk hard" finally watching the film makes me see that is a more than worthy adaptation of a couple's complicated path to spending their entire lives together and Phoenix and Witherspoon nail as much as you could want with the two people they are portraying and even more surprisingly the singing is superb. Only have the extended cut available to me and it does a drag a bit in all honesty. The dark tone can make the film hard to connect with at first and the morality of certain aspects again brings connecting problems but thankfully it all pays off thanks to the leads.
As a door-to-door salesman, John R. Cash couldn’t sell worth a lick.
So it’s no surprise that partway through a warbled rendition of the limp spiritual “I Was There When It Happened,” Cash and the Tennessee Two are cut off by legendary record producer Sam Phillips (Dallas Roberts).
The Sun Records magnate tells Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) he sings without conviction, prompting Cash to growl each dark lyric of “Folsom Prison Blues” back at Phillips. This was the day the Man in Black was born.
“Walk the Line” is this year’s “Ray,” a cinematic tribute to a much beloved – but decidedly troubled – music icon who has recently passed. As final send-offs go, this rehash of Cash gets points for…
The T-1000 plays Johnny Cash's dad.
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