Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A Surefire Crowd Pleaser

With its great musical numbers and terrific love story, Walk the Line is a surefire crowd pleaser. And, because the love story between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash is a true one, this movie really touches your heart.

I am amazed at how well Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon capture the playful essence of Johnny and June as they banter back and forth on stage. Their voices may not be perfect, but sometimes the real performers also hit wrong notes and fans still cheered them on. It was their charisma that drew people in as much as their music. Happily, Phoenix and Witherspoon project that same quality.

When Phoenix sings, he reminds us of Cash reaching for those lower notes; Witherspoon imbues her songs with an upbeat attitude. Just like June, she comes across as perky, sassy and funny. Although both do a fine job in their solos, their duets are the numbers that shoot off musical fireworks.

I predict some Oscar nominations for this outstanding film, especially for Phoenix and Witherspoon. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

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