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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…
Review In A Nutshell:
Walk the Line suffers from the tradition of the biopic genre that ultimately leaves its viewers unchallenged by the already fascinating subject matter; desperate in its attempts to highlight a relationship that was critical to Johnny Cash’s personal life, it fails to captivate nor educate its viewers, making one wonder whether if its focus was instead placed on the shaping of his distinct sound and his relationship with his acclaim would have led to a stronger film. Moments like his much anticipated performance at Folsom Prison left me chilled and reignited my attraction to this legend’s music, unfortunately the film barely contain such moments as though its extended musical pieces would indulgently embrace the legend’s greatest…
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.
One of the best music bio-pics i've seen, the soundtrack was fantastic and Phoenix preformance was magical
Liked the music more than I thought from the cast. Wanted more from the story
Despite being a massive fan of both Johnny Cash and Joaquin Phoenix, I somehow hadn't seen this till now. The performances from both Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are amazing.
Ultimately, it's a biopics biopic. It lines up every single part of the storyline and storytelling elements and then knocks them down as movie goes along. This is both a good thing and a bad thing: good because it's always well executed; bad because it's very formulaic. It was nice to learn that Cash was a more complicated figure than I imagined, but some of the aspects were done quite heavy handedly and without the subtlety that I often appreciate in a biopic.
But the iridescence and warmth of the music…
It physically pains me Joaquin didn't win an Oscar for this.
Such a perfect film, such great chemistry.
Dude they should show this to the kids at school the "Don't Do Drugs" movie
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Enjoyable. Here we find Jaoquin Phoenix’s first step into the shoes of a superhuman actor he hasn’t gotten out of since (aside from the time he was a silly person in a bad Woody Allen film) He electrifies as Johnny Cash despite not really looking or sounding like Johnny Cash. With the same being true for Reese Witherspoon, whose face look too perfectly small and cute to be on an actual human. Both of them can sing their hearts out and often do. On a cinematic level, much of it is your typical biopic fodder. The drug stuff, the deadbeat dad stuff, the marriage trouble stuff. It’s all very been-there-done-that, to use an insufferably twee, dismissive term about a real man’s struggles. Aside from a few clever time-skipping edits, it seems like the actors are the only ones here doing any exceptional work. A very watchable movie. Good music. Good, good, good, good music.
Reese Witherspoon got all the praise, but Joaquin Phoenix's performance as Johnny Cash was unbelievable. Great film.
A truly compelling story, masterfully told. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon have great connection and are perfect together on screen. Remarkable performances. Great and satisfying music. This is an exceptional biopic of a great legend.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Some posters I like.