If there is anyone who hasn’t seen this movie (is that possible ??) and perhaps hesitated thinking it was a little bit ‘too country’…think again. Although I have always been only a minor Johnny Cash fan, (he was never on my list of must-have CD’s or cassettes or LP’s for that matter), I am very glad that I went to see this film.
Not only was the movie great, it also brought to mind a fond childhood memory that I do have of the ‘man in black’ . Remembering from many,many years ago…. my brother Leo, cranking up the stereo, much to my mother’s chagrin (and probably the neighbours) to play yet another round of, “Folsom Prison”…”but I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die……” I hope you are visiting with Johnny right now bro…. PS I miss you too.
Back to the present…. This movie, the actors and the soundtrack are to me, amazing. Just the best movie I have seen in a very long time. Most of all, I was riveted by the performance that Joaquin Phoenix gave, just spellbinding…
And to think, here was an actor who apparently did not sing before this movie was made, had little knowledge of JR Cash and presented us with the ‘should have been the winner of the best-actor Oscar by a mile’ performance that have left people raving and lining up for yet another viewing, and stores everywhere ‘sold out’ of this DVD and CD….On Amazon at last count there are 341 reviews, again, must be some kind of record, almost all (no, I didn’t get to the bottom of the list) very favorable reviews at that.
The music continues to play in my ‘brain stereo’ day after day, if not ON the actual stereo at home. “I keep a close watch on this heart of mine….” , “we got married in a fever….” ” I fell in to a burning ring of fire” and on and on.
Must mention the talented Reese aka June Carter Cash in the movie, again an outstanding performance and more than what I expected her to bring to the role.
I hope Johnny and June are rockin’ to the music, up in that Opryland in the sky, day after day…enjoying the memories too… A love story, a part of the American dream and just a doggone entertaining movie to enjoy, even if you’ve never Walked the Line ……