December 01, 2005

Walk the Line review

A definite must-see. Phoenix doesn't quite have the chops to actually do Johnny Cash right vocally (I heard the soundtrack before I saw the movie), but he evokes him well enough visually... but hey, Cash wouldn't be Cash if he could be impersonated quite that easily... Witherspoon's is a similarly voice-limited standin for June. They both act their hearts out though, and peg the stage personas fair enough. It's a bit like watching a good tribute band... if you know the music well enough, you can always superimpose the original music you know on the screen images, and tune out the actual soundtrack. The best movie I've seen from a musical nostalgia perspective since Boogie Nights.

Posted by BruceR at 03:03 PM