Sunday, February 05, 2006

Friday follow-up III: Walk the line, folks

I am not at all objective when it comes to Johnny Cash, but I think a lot of you would like the movie “Walk the line”. I agree on many of the positive things I read about the movie beforehand: Joaquin Phoenix is amazing as John R. Cash, and Reese Witherspoon is as amazing as June Carter. It is incredible that they actually learnt to sing (and play) this well for the movie (even if Joaquin cannot really do the dark, low Cash-voice). I would not be surprised if they both win an Oscar.

The major thing you can hold against the movie is that it is a somewhat predictable love story that we all now ended up in a long and warm marriage. But it is a totally fantastic love story, nevertheless. And sure the movie ends already in the mid 1960s, and sure it would have been interesting if the movie illustrated Cash’s religious ponderings a little bit more in depth. But still: the music is great, the acting is great, and the story is true and great. Walk the line to movies now folks, and then you can see a scene including this fantatic piece of dialogue (right before Johnny Cash plays at Folsom Prison):
Record Company Executive: “Your fans are gospel folk, Johnny. They're Christians, and they don't wanna hear you singing to a bunch of murderers and rapists, tryin' to cheer 'em up.”
Johnny Cash: “Then they ain't Christians.”


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