Charting the life stories of both legendary musician Johnny Cash and singer June Carter, Walk The Line
has proven to be among the most popular music biopics of all time. And with good reason.
Spearheaded by two superb performances, the films main focus is on Cash himself, from his childhood, early successes, eventual troubles through to the legendary concert at Folsom Prison. His journey also takes in drug problems, the tragedy that haunted him and bumpy relationships with the women in his life. Throughout, of course, theres Cashs enviable body of musical work, which not only helps provide markers for his story, but makes for an excellent soundtrack to the movie as a whole.
As a film, Walk The Line
is resolutely formulaic, with a structure thatll be familiar to anyone who regularly watches biopics of this ilk. What really helps this one stand tall though are Joaquin Pheonix and Reese Witherspoon. Pheonix is utterly compelling in the lead role, while Witherspoon returns to the form she displayed back in the days of Election
James Mangolds direction is fine and uncluttered, and while his film clearly chooses which elements of Cashs life to focus on (theres certainly far more to know than you get in the two and a quarter hours here), it works extremely well as an entry point into the life story of a great musician. Even the casual viewer will get a lot from Walk The Line
, and it may even compel them to expand their CD collection off the back of it --Simon Brew
This is a specially created book pack, which fits onto DVD shelving and looks like a hardback book. It opens up to reveal a host of stunning images from the film (some of which were not widely used at the time of the film's release), an essay about Johnny Cash and his legacy, quotes from musicians about Johnny Cash and reviews of the film. It also includes the full original soundtrack recording of the film on CD.