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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Movie Review: Walk the Line

Waiting...Reese Witherspoon recently won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter, mistress (and eventual wife) of country singer Johnny Cash in his biopic Walk the Line.

For the film, 20th Century Fox’s Bullshit PR Dept. describes Johnny Cash as a:

"Singer. Rebel. Outlaw. Hero. With his driving freight-train chords, steel-eyed intensity and a voice as dark as the night, the legendary 'Man in Black' revolutionized music - and forged his legacy as a genuine American icon."

After watching Walk the Line, I am forced to disagree. They should have written this:

"Drug Addict. Alcoholic. Adulterer. Stalker. With his driving addiction to anti-depressants, drunk-eyed stare and a voice capable of lies as dark as the night, the legendary 'Man in Black' behaves the same as other musicians – forging his legacy as another rich, spoiled, self indulgent American celebrity."

Being a talented musician is no excuse for Hollywood to celebrate the way Mr. Cash chose to live his life. His only redeeming quality seemed to be his support for SOS Children's Villages, a fact Fox left out of the film. I guess Fox feels it's more exciting to show Johnny down a bottle of pills than feed a starving child.

Why popular culture commemorates individuals such as Cash or Charles just because they are rich and famous, I'll never know. But I guess a biopic about Aung San Suu Kyi or Mohamed El Baradei just wouldn’t sell as many DVDs.

Walk the Line gets a rating of:

2½ out of 4 STARS AND ONE MORE REASON TO HATE THE OSCARS

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1 Comments:

  • Don't kid yourself. The ONLY reason this movie got the accolades it did was because Cash died last year and the Hollywood crowd (like criminals) are a superstitious and cowardly lot, who dare not speak ill of the dead. And Reese Witherspoon has a face like Shitzu. I know that's not really related, I just can't understand how anyone can find her beautiful.

    By Blogger CapnG, at Wed Mar 15, 07:30:00 PM  

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