Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Walk The Line (MOVIE REVIEW)

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See, we have a little departure here. But only a little one. I won't be reviewing movies on a regular basis, but where they have a strong musical connection I shall be imparting my thoughts to you (which means that at some point I will get around to passing on my thoughts on Dig!).

I'm a big Johnny Cash fan, and was impressed with the soundtrack album greatly. Of course nothing on the silver-screen could ever possibly quite live up to the Icon that was Johhnny Cash, but this is a film that for the most part does a damn fine job.

It's a bit slow to get going though; sure the loss of his brother was important and needs addressing, but the section after that, leading up to his audition at Sun Records does drag a bit. From there however the pace picks up and rarely lets go.

Pheonix is a surprisingly authentic Johnny Cash (as much as anyone but the man himself could be) but it is Witherspoon that steals the show, and it's probably Witherspoon who will find herself with a Best Actress Oscar. Phenoix may suffer because of the Jamie Foxx success of last year.

Even if you are not a big fan of Johnny Cash, this is still a great film. For all the music, at heart this is a love story. And its one which is impeccably acted and will drag you in every step of the way.

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