Walk the Line

January 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE:  Walk the Line

NUTSHELL:  Oddly moving love story about an obsessive, drug addicted country & western singer and a basically ok but intermittently married country & western singer.

GOOD THINGS:  Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix and their performances, rather touching lubb story, thankfully not a lot of jibber jabber about music except some clunky scenes that purport to display how songwriting works. These scenes always make me cringe. I’m not sure why.

BAD THINGS:  The crazy first wife was pretty uno-dimensional and frightening and there is this weird anti/pro religion wishy-washyness that is all over the place. Like, religion is not a good idea and basically bad for you and it’s all about the individual but also you should be sad you are sinner but who cares about that because it’s all about the individual except when you sober up you should go to church because it’s good.

FEATURES:  Some stellar hair, contact lenses without rhyme, reason or continuity, Robert Patrick as a wooden Dadinator 2, Shelby Lynne for no reason I could figure, Shooter Jennings, another guy playing Elvis, sort of a disturbing Jerry Lee Lewis non-lookalike

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  Any time there’s a little kid and a table saw in the same shot, I get a really bad feeling. Plus maybe this movie is too close to home for me. Plus plus Sam Phillips is kinda mean and I was like, geeeeeez.

NOTABLE:  I know I am like a broken record with this but I will say it again: Can’t we leave Elvis out of this? P.S., I really hope I don’t get another nasty email from the director. Kate and Leopold was fine, ok? FINE!

BEST PART:  Maybelle’s discomfort. I’m not sure why, it’s just funny to me.

BEST LINE:  We surrender! We surrender!

CROWNS:  4 out of 5

Entry filed under: Firebaton review, Musical.

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