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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:25 pm    Post subject: Derailed Reply with quote

Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix deserve all the praise they've received for their performances in this biopic of legendary country singer Johnny Cash. The two elevate the film from your standard rags to riches tale to a memorable movie. Like Ray, it's the story of a poor boy who dreams of a music career but once he becomes a success turns to booze and drugs to block out the guilt he feels over his brother's tragic death. Caught in the crossfire is Cash's young wife Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin) and fellow country music star June Carter (Witherspoon), who he was besotted with.

Based on Cash's books Man in Black and Cash: The Autobiography, this concentrates on the musician's early life, in particular his relationship with Carter. It's an interesting look at an extraordinarily talented man who lets his non-existent self-esteem, caused by an ultra critical father, almost completely destroy his life. There's a little comedy, loads of great tunes and lots of romance but it never really tells us what drove Cash, apart from his love of the adorable Carter.
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