Sunday, November 20, 2005
saw Walk The Line on friday. it was excellent. i'm sure you've read reviews that rave about joaquin and reese, and they are right. i loved jamie foxx in Ray, but that movie felt like a made-for-VH1 docudrama. this feels like a real film, and the appearances of elvis, jerry lee lewis, and waylon jennings don't feel like bad imitations (shooter jennings, waylon's hygenically-challenged son, actually plays him in WTL). jamie foxx did a great ray charles, but joaquin was downright eerie as johnny cash - the voice, the stance, the dry humor. and, since i am not a real critic, i can say that it doesn't hurt at all that he is motherfuckin HOTT.
what's also interesting about the movie is that it makes you realize that the myth of johnny cash is a lot more hardscrabble and badass than he actually was, but that doesn't make him any less authentic. he never did serve time at folsom prison, and never shot a man in reno just to watch him die. his life and demeanor were really like the lyrics to "man in black," my favorite johnny cash song - he is pained by how hard life can be, and it is always a struggle to be a good man.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down/Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town/I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime/But is there because he's a victim of the times.
also, his love for june was just excruciating, and is the driving force behind the movie. everyone knows that he died of a broken heart in 03, four months after she had. they're both in the video for "hurt," which is probably the best thing that has ever aired on mtv, and it's amazing how matter-of-fact his mortality is portrayed. he's just saying, i'm old, i'm dying, and you will, too, someday.
his dad is played by the T-1000 in Terminator 2, the guy with the ears whose brother is in filter, and he is just as mean in WTL as he is in T2. his mom is played by shelby lynne, one of my favorite Tragic Ladies of Country.
johnny and i have the same birthday. um, different year, though.
watch the trailer here.
watch the "hurt" video here.