A genuine legend is … well, the things of legends. However much harder to reproduce on film, due to the fact that of the depths of human expression that tend to get lost in the business of making it on time, on budget, and on a subject the general public will “purchase”. Which implies 2005’s “Walk The Line” is that rarest of movies, one that dug deep into the story, put it up as it really unfolded, and handled to bag actors that might carry it off.
” Walk The Line” is the tough fighting/drinking/loving story of country icon, Johnny Cash and his love affair with spouse June Carter. It lays the foundation for the motion picture’s focus, and Cash’s reality, by detailing his boyhood in Arkansas, the sudden death of a sibling, and impulsive very first marital relationship that ended in catastrophe. All of that adds to the way Cash’s life was already wandering when he sang for Sam Phillips of Sun Records, where he brushed shoulders with another beginner, Elvis Presley. Chastised for providing a hymn, Joaquin Phoenix dupes a version of Folsom Prison Blues that snags him the treasured contract, and sets his foot on a path that will lead him to depths he never imagined, and the lady who would pull him out of then, June Carter.
Both Phoenix, and Reese Witherspoon who plays June Carter, did their own vocals, which included immeasurably to the reality of their efficiencies. Witherspoon at times was maybe a little too ebullient, but also handled to reach inside herself to pull out both the womanly side of Carter, and her fury at Cash’s ethical and physical wear and tear as their relationship advanced from an initial backstage meeting to the last, long-lasting chapter written at the Folsom Prison concert.
Not strictly a romance, “Walk the Line” is however an in some cases moving, irritating, and emotionally charged tale of two individuals both struggling towards the exact same goal- to be with each other.
Director: James Mangold
Producers: Alan C. Blomquist, James Keach, Cathy Konrad
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Ginnifer Goodwina