Walk the Line
has an Oscar-level lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix showing
the biography of Johnny Cash--who never went to prison except
to play some prison concerts. But he was in many drunk tanks.
While traveling on the road, Cash slowly
builds a friendship with singer June Carter, but, like Johnny,
she's unhappily married.
The meat of this movie is their complicated
personal relationship and how June helps pull out Johnny's downfall
into drugs and make a life together in music.
What's more worthy of an encore than that?
Probably the most amazing thing about this
"Man in Black" biopic is not the turbulent life of
the singer on the road, it's that the actors did their own singing.
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon turn
in Oscar-worthy performances as Johnny Cash and second wife,
June Carter, showcasing his early career in rockabilly and country,
and highlighting the tremendous strain of on the road touring.
Walk the Line
is a straightforward account of the late country music legend,
His life was a cycle of ruin & redemption,
of sin & salvation.
His big gifts are surrounded by years of
drug use and a long unrepaid love for June Carter, his singing
The movie is labeled a musical biopic and
does have some historical importance.
But, in truth, this film is structured
as a touching love story, complete with prior entanglements,
an awkward tour bus courtship, and an onstage proposal.