FBMR - Walk The Line
Film-Buff Movie Reviews


WALK THE LINE (2005) ****

Iíve never been a huge country music fan. The old country music (Hank Williams, Hank Snow, George Jones, Some of the newer stuff I like, some of it is all right, but most of it Iím not too crazy about. Maybe itís because I donít know enough about it, or maybe itís because I never grew up with it.

For some reason, though, Johnny Cash seems to transcend both the old and the new. He sang about jail, and fighting, and guns, long before rap came onto the scene. He was the original gangster, a country bad boy, a rebel. His music had an edge to it, even when he was singing a love song like ďI Walk The LineĒ. Maybe itís because he toured and hung out with other musicians of that early rock and roll era (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins). If I didnít know any better (and maybe I donít) his song ďGet RhythmĒ could easily have been a rockiní Elvis song, let alone Bill Haley or even Buddy Holly.

Joaquin Phoenixís performance as Johnny Cash was spectacular. His singing performance was incredible. The same goes for Reese Witherspoon who plays June Carter, both offer stellar performances.

A lot of people have asked me to compare it to last yearís RAY. I reply, "The music is different, the stories are similar because their lives and the events therein were similar, the singing and acting are equally wonderful. If you liked RAY, regardless of whether you like country music, youíll like WALK THE LINE." If Phoenix doesnít get an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Johnny Cash, the Academy is blind.