Walk The Line posterWhen Joaquin Phoenix says those words while on stage in the movie, Walk The Line, you don’t doubt it. His performance is remarkable. It’s a movie about how Johnny Cash got into music, his influences (personal and musically), and how he ended up marrying June Carter. I was disappointed when the movie ended at that point; I wanted to see what he went through with the next 35 years with June, but maybe those years weren’t as interesting as those shown in the movie; or maybe there will be a sequel; it’s one sequel I’d look forward to.

I was never a big fan of Johnny Cash. I like some of his tunes, but this movie opened my eyes; here’s a song-writer and musician who knew what his calling was and dead-set trying to do it. When he plays Folsom Prison Blues in front of Sam Phillips in his audition, you’ll get a lump in your throat. I want to listen to all his work now, and I’ll be listening with a new respect.

James Berardinelli wrote of Walk The Line:

I will admit to not having been excited about seeing Walk the Line before sitting down to watch it, but Mangold, Phoenix, and Witherspoon converted me. During the course of the picture, someone describes Johnny’s voice as being “steady like a train, sharp like a razor.” That sounds to me like a fitting description of Walk the Line, as well.

I agree.

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  1. Got back from seeing the latest soulless “Harry Potter” movie. Like all the other movies, full of more flashes and bangs than plot or character development. Harry Potter fans will, of course, love it.

    Also saw “Walk the Line” and agree with Jody’s assessment. The more I listened to Joaquin Phoenix sing, the more he sounded like Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash’s real voice at the time was maturing, and so did Phoenix’s. Impressive. Not an epic movie. Just a straightforward bio pic with no over-dramatization and melodrama, but completely watchable and recommended.

    I, too, would like to see a sequel.

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