November 17, 2005

Life Ain't Easy For a Boy Named Joaquin

I'm happy to report that thanks in part to my new job I'm going to, from time to time, be seeing movies prior to their release dates in order to review them for the paper. I've gotta save the full-length reviews for the day job, but I can provide brief comment here.

Wednesday night I saw "Walk the Line," the Johnny Cash biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash. Good story, great music, and better-than-expected performances from Phoenix (who's been awful in everything I've ever seen him in) and Witherspoon (the performance of her career). Problem is, the film gets bogged down in every biopic cliche imaginable, and it ends sort of abruptly. We get the whole protagonist-on-drugs second act, but then there's no payoff- the third act begins, and five minutes later the movie's over.

Funny experience, at the screening that was sponsored by a local country station- they actually had a Johnny Cash cover band perform in the theater before the movie started. I had seen a guy earlier buying popcorn who was dressed all in black and with dyed-jet-black hair, so I assumed he must be there for the screening. He turned out to be the Cash tribute band's frontman.

Posted by Stephen Silver at November 17, 2005 11:35 PM

I can't believe you didn't like Joaquin in Gladiator or The Village or anything else. He is hot and a good actor. DIE BLOGGERS DIE!

Posted by: A at November 18, 2005 02:57 PM

I approach Walk the Line with a great deal of trepidation.

Johnny Cash has long been a personal favorite.

And I've thought it was downhill for Joaquin Phoenix after Parenthood. I dunno. I can't put more of a finger on it than I've always felt like other people act, while Phoenix reads lines...

Posted by: Tommy at November 19, 2005 08:39 AM

I liked it, but I kind of knew I would because I'm a huge Cash fan. I actually really liked the Carters in the film, I don't know a lot about them and they seemed like amazing people. Reese was incredible, really a scene stealer.

Posted by: Karol at November 20, 2005 03:56 PM

Do you remember the name of that Johnny Cash cover band? I saw the preview in Philly with the cover band and can't remember their name. Thanks!

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