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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.
Based on several books written by the musician himself, Walk the Line tells the story of the famous influential singer Johnny Cash, focusing on his relationship with one of his wives, June Carter. Instead of depicting his entire career as a musician, the director decided to deepen the personal life of the Country singer.
Even though I am not particularly a big fan Country music, I've always liked and admired the famous Johnny Cash, so, watching this film was rather interesting as I got to know a little bit more about his less famous facade, such as his difficult relationship with his father, first wife and his famous partner, June Carter - which is basically the central point of the…
I ignored country music while I was growing up. In the 1960s, I was more tuned in to the "Age of Aquarius" and psychedelics than "Folsom Prison Blues" and amphetamines. It wasn't until I reached 30-something that I started to appreciate the soulfulness of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and, of course, "the man in black," Johnny Cash. So the time period of this biopic, from Cash's youth in Arkansas during WWII to his marriage to June Carter in 1968, covered new ground for me, including his first marriage, his touring with Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, and his severe addiction to prescription drugs.
Joaquin Phoenix put in an Academy Award level performance as Cash, but it was Reese Witherspoon…
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).
Very good Biopic.
Wow, Johnny Cash's wife was a bitch.
This bitch is gettin' a storm and she did not even know a fuckin' storm was comin'. I'm gonna fuck her fuckin' face, she has no fuckin' idea. Hey honey, uhh, my names Anthony, I was lookin' for a lil' bit of company.
Oooooh, shi.. ooh shi. I wanna smell her butthole. Dude, if you do nothing else for me but let me smell a girl's butthole, you fucking asshole. No, you can't call! You're a fuckin' idiot dude... why are you hovering over me?
AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH. Who is the nigger in charge over here? Who is the nigger in charge? No you can't have any dude I scored it you didn't do shit!…
I was amazed at how similar this movie was structurally to RAY, and to have the films released a year apart. I’m now expecting every big singer who ever had a drug problem to get this film treatment, and for each actor who participates to at least score an Oscar nomination for best acting.
I thought the film was just okay. I didn't know much about Johnny Cash before watching, and I still feel like I don't know much about him now. They simply focused on his early years, the June Carter-arc, if you will, which for a biopic, I thought was limiting.
All the actors were good. The widescreen lensing was nice ... but in the end, just had that Movie of the Week feel that RAY had.
Johnny Cash is and will always be one of the most iconic figures in music and Walk the Line does the great man justice.
Phoenix captures both Cash's anger and vulnerability brilliantly on screen, giving one of his finest performances to date. Standing tall as the man in black.
AKA that movie where Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon keep their sexual tension going for two hours and sing about the experience.
If there are any two people who define what it really, really means to be star-crossed soul mates in the deepest sense of the word(s), then it's Johnny Cash and June Carter. It's amazing how Phoenix and Witherspoon completely disappear into the roles and quite literally become the music giants they're portraying.
Major brownie points to them for actually learning how to sing and play their instruments just for this movie. Their efforts only help reinforce and emphasize the film's honesty, that despite its flaws, Walk the Line is still worth the two hours.
That damned PG-13.
It's a really good film with a fantastic performnace from Joaquin Phoenix. The film gets tired during it's runtime and becomes overlong. I also thought that Reese Wetherspoon's performance was good, but not award-worthy.
Fantastic film about a fantastic musician! The story, I think, is well known; then I won't speak about it.
For me Joaquin Phoenix was perfect like Johnny Cash, I know he's a very good actor, but here Phoenix was Cash! Sometimes I thought I looking at Mr Cash himself, really! Reese Witherspoon (June) was very good, too, of course. But the movie, for me, was dominated by Phoenix. His father in the story ( Robert Patrick) was a complete idiot, necessary to the drama, but a asshole... you'll see.
After all, you must see this film, it's something between a good romance and a excellent drama.
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