My wife and I went a saw this on friday night. We originally intended to see Goblet of Fire but it was all sold out, alas we went to the Cash biopic instead.
Overall "Line" was a good movie. Joaquin Phoenix did a decent job portraying Cash as did Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. I thought the filmmakers did a so-so job though with the other characters. Its hard to tell that the actor playing Elvis is actually Elvis until someone in the movie calls him by his name.
I thought the story played out well, although it does jump from year to year with a degree of choppiness that seems better suited for a documentary, not a cohesive drama. It also seems to end rather abruptly leaving with a feeling of, "Oh, that's it?"
Here's my biggest issue with the film. With "Ray" coming out last year it will be hard for anyone to take this film seriously without thinking they are merely riding on the coattails of success from that film. The parallels between them are pretty clear.
Overall I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. Its a good movie about one of the great musical artists. I'd suspect a best supporting nod to Witherspoon and perhaps a best actor for Phoenix, but I doubt either would win.
Thanks for the review of Walk the Line... I want to see it, but I'll probably wait to Netflix it... I've heard a lot of buzz about it on NPR since documentary dramas are all the rage these days (thanks to the success of Ray, although it seems that the director started making plans for this movie years ago since he personally asked Cash's permission to make the movie... Cash's only request was the the guy who plays him doesn't 'suck'... or something like that).
This weekend my girlfriend's parents suggested we watch Out of Time starring Denzel Washington. This movie sucked. I've seen better episodes of CSI than this movie... CSI: New York. Yeah, it was that bad.
Critics gave this movie fairly good reviews because Denzel Washington was in it... apparently everyone's kissing his ass nowadays. Aside from Training Day, I have yet to see a Denzel movie I enjoyed (I could be wrong though, anyone have one off hand?).
Out of Time did suck. Big time. But there have been a lot of DW films I liked. I really like him as an actor but he doesn't always choose the best roles (like Out of Time, the new Manchurian Candidate, etc.) Two of my favorites are the ones you guys mentioned: Training Day and Glory.
Some other great ones (IMHO):
Man on Fire
Remember the Titans
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey
Coppermine wrote:Aside from Training Day, I have yet to see a Denzel movie I enjoyed (I could be wrong though, anyone have one off hand?).
So there's my contribution.
Have you seen "Glory"? If not put it on your queue.
Good point, I've seen Glory, it was fantastic. It was just so long ago I forgot all about it. Saw it back in the VHS stone age.
Glory was excellent - so were The Hurricane and Crimson Tide.
We also went to see Goblet this W/E and it was sold out - thankfully it was multi-google-plex that had it showing every 20 minutes.
Golbet was pretty good. I've said this before but Hermione is going to be a real babe in 5 years and it makes me uncomfortable looking at her now and knowing that she's only like 14.
It was a well done, fast paced movie. Potter fans are going to complain about all the cutting that they had to do - entire characters are missing from the story. The only solution though is to make it two movies or hit Rowling on the head with a brick when she gets up to page 300 or so.
The holdover cast from the original movie is superb. The new characters are not as good. Cho Chang and the French girl are not nearly good looking enough and Mad-eye looks a little ridiculous. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort more than make up for it though.
Amazinz wrote:Out of Time did suck. Big time. But there have been a lot of DW films I liked. I really like him as an actor but he doesn't always choose the best roles (like Out of Time, the new Manchurian Candidate, etc.) Two of my favorites are the ones you guys mentioned: Training Day and Glory.
Some other great ones (IMHO):
Man on Fire Antwone Fisher Remember the Titans Crimson Tide Philadelphia The Hurricane
Don't forget Mo Better Blues! Awesome flick.
Another one most haven't seen: Cry Freedom. It's pretty old (20 years maybe?) but it's definitely worth a spot on Netflix.
We recently just saw The Matador starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. It was good. Interesting story with a good mix of quirky humor. Of course I also drank 3/4 a bottle of Cabernet before I watched it so I was feeling pretty good to start with.