No, make that Meh. I suppose if it wasn't the exact same film as Ray, which I liked but thought was overrated (though Jamie Foxx was not), I might be more impressed. Indeed the parts of "Ray" which made that movie for me, the musical numbers, are just not as well done in Walk the Line. Big ups to Commodus and Elle Woods for learning to sing and all, but it's not the same - Foxx is legitimately musically talented, and Hackford made the right choice by using mostly Charles's actual vocals. Plus, I probably could have done with approximately 95% fewer Phoenix nostril-cam close-ups. But that's just me.
QUITE FRANKLY, I'm a little tired of the Behind the Music biopic. Rise, fall, redemption, happily-even-after-postscipt, fade-to-black (with optional performance footage coda).
That being said, Reese is quite good, and I found myself liking her despite the fact that I hate her (Elle Woods did better than I did on the LSATs, which certain people still bring up from time to time despite the fact that she's a fictional character), and her signing was more evocative of June Carter's than Phoenix's was of Cash. And the rest of the musical acts were more distracting than anything else. That was supposed to be Elvis? And I didn't know that Jerry Lee Lewis looked just like Dawson with a bad red perm. (Yeah, I know, different actor, but I was sidetracked by having to ask myself "is that the Beek" every time he was onscreen.)
Pooh's View: Not to beat a dead drum-machine, but even sticking within the genre to a degree, this is a better film than Hustle & Flow? Piffle, I say. That being said, I'm still listening to "Live from Folsom Prison" on the iPod today.