PG13 136min 2005
“Walk the Line” recounts Johnny “the Man in Black” Cash’s journey to American Icon, in music, and his relationship with, the love of his life, June Carter.
The film should be in everyone’s movie collection. It features award winning performances and actual singing from the stars. The story of Johnny and June is a modern fairy tale that everyone is striving to find. It will make you appreciate the man and his music more.
“Walk the Line” stars two of American film stars in Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. It also features some of well-known actors in supporting roles such as Robert Patrick and Ginnifer Goodwin. Phoenix and Witherspoon show in their performances why they are box office gold but it’s their vocal talents on display that drew me in. I could not believe that they were actually singing. They did outstanding jobs at both becoming the iconic Johnny and June Cash. They both should have won awards even though Witherspoon did walk away with the Golden Globe for Best Actress.
What is displayed on screen has been collected from biographies by Johnny Cash. “Walk the Line” is a modern day fairy tale. He faced lost and battled demons to come out on the others side to find the love of his life. When he found her he had to fight to get her and that road wasn’t easy by any means. Even at the end of his life you realize how much he loved her.
Having never really been a fan of Johnny Cash, after watching this film I came to appreciate him and his music. It’s not something I listen to every day but when I feeling nostalgic he comes to mind now. His story is one of triumph and can be appreciated because he beat the odds in life, profession and love.
I give it 5/5 Gs.