Walk the Line : 3 of 5
I usually like movies about musicians, so even though I wouldn't say I'm a Johnny Cash fan, I was still really interested in this film (and the Academy Award nominations didn't hurt either). The story definitely kept my attention, since I really didn't know a thing about Cash's life, or his terrible relationship with his dad. I really enjoyed seeing him stationed in Germany as a young man, the last place you would ever guess for the writing of Folsom Prison. I also had no idea that he toured so much with other musical giants - it was pretty amazing that the movie implies that it was Elvis' fault that Cash got hooked on drugs. Joaquin Phoenix is gifted actor, and he does a fantastic job of not only acting like Cash, but singing like him as well. Reese Witherspoon also sings, but Phoenix does a far more accurate impression than she does of June Carter. Speaking of June, I was pretty shocked that she wrote Ring of Fire - I guess this movie is just full of surprises for someone like me. There's really not a bad thing to say about this film, but even the really dramatic moments didn't really stir up a lot of emotion in me, but that could be just because it's hard for me to relate to that life Johnny Cash led. Well, at least now I've seen something from this year's Academy-nominated line-up!