Walk the Line



Title: Walk the Line
Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Gill Dennis, James Mangold
Year: 2005

It always feels peculiar to review products which are based on real person or events, because in a way, one is commenting and reviewing the factual event. However, the goal must be to review the product as such, taken into a account that it is based in reality only in as much as to place it in its correct genre, but not shying away from commenting the content of the product.

Walk the Line portrays the early life of the American country singer Johnny Cash, the title stemming from one of his most famous songs. Admittedly, I did not know much about Cash before I watched the film, even though it ought to be impossible to not have heard anything by him, which of course I have. Music was an important part in Cash’s life, so it is not surprising that music is essential to the film as well. I like his music, but I cannot say that I am an aficionado, which would have improved my appreciation of the film.

The film centres around a couple of things in Cash’s life: the death of his brother, his drug addiction and his admiration of June Carter, and is generally speaking adeptly directed and produced. The problem is that some episodes are not just interesting enough to catch my attention (admittedly, I had other things pulling on my attention).

Conclusively, Walk the Line is a well-produced film which ought to be a must for anyone in the least interested in Johnny Cash. If you are not (as I was), you can still enjoy a high-quality film with a fair chance of being swayed.

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  1. walium’s avatar

    Jäs it iss a interesting måvie, bat i preför di musik of Jånny Kash framför di måvie. I dånt kvaite like thi fakt tatt Jånny cåmes aot like a pretty patetisk loser in di måvie wän hes musik is so cåål.

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  2. thark’s avatar

    I haven’t seen the movie and have nothing constructive to say except that Cash is king. :-)

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