Hello there guys, and welcome back to the “Mangoldathon”! For anyone wondering what the fuck I’m talking about, 2 weeks ago I announced a series of reviews leading up to the release of “Logan” in March. Most people would logically review all of the “X-Men” movies leading up to that, but I chose to go a different direction. I opted to instead review a couple of movie directed by James Mangold, the man directing “Logan”. This started with my review of “Cop Land” two weeks ago, and continues today with… this.
Disclaimer: I know this thing is based on a true story, but I will not base my review on how perfectly accurate to the real situation it may or may not be, but I will instead judge it as a movie… which it is. Disclaimer over.
Ladies and gentlemen… “Walk the Line”.
“Walk the Line” tells the story of musician Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) and his rise from simple salesman to big musician. It also follows Cash as he through many ups and downs develops a relationship with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). And from this we get an incredibly interesting, entertaining and emotionally powerful drama. It’s not just your typical “rags-to-riches” story, though it does use a few of those elements, but it’s more a general look at a troubled man getting famous and going through some stuff. I was invested throughout the entire runtime and I do think that the plot is pretty great.
The characters here are all interesting and feel very real. Joaquin Phoenix is fantastic as Cash, playing him with so many subtle nuances that makes it endlessly fascinating to watch. Reese Witherspoon is great as June Carter, playing her in an energetic yet very grounded and real way. She’s the order to Cash’s chaos, creating a good balance. We also had Ginnifer Goodwin as Cash’s wife, and she was really good too. And we also had Robert Patrick as Cash’s dad, and he was really good too. All actors in the movie did very well to be quite honest.
The score for the movie was composed by T Bone Burnett and it was really solid. It’s not one of those scores that is meant to be noticed, but more just be in the background to help keep a certain mood in some scenes, and the stuff Burnett composed… yeah, good shit. And of course, since this is a movie about a real life musician we have to talk about how said musician’s music was done in the movie. The songs performed by Phoenix, Witherspoon, and the various other cast members in the movie were great. They all sounded very good and worked well in the movie.
This movie was (as mentioned in the beginning of the review) directed by James Mangold and he really did a fantastic job. The scenes flow very well and the camera work is absolutely gorgeous. Really, it’s a very well directed movie.
This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 82% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 72/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,9/10. The movie won 1 Oscar in the cateogry of Best actress (Witherspoon). It was also nominated for an additional 4 Oscars in the categories of Best actor (Phoenix), Best film editing, Best costume design, and Best sound mixing.
“Walk the Line” is a fantastic bio-pic about a great musician. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “Walk the Line” is a 9,89/10. Which means that it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
My review of “Walk the Line” is now completed.
And it makes a firery ring
Bound by wild desire
I fell in to a ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire
The ring of fire