"Ray" is right alongside "Walk the Line" as one of the greatest biopics of popular musicians ever made.
The Director (Taylor Hackford) brilliantly uses flash backs to Ray's childhood throughout the film to show how this steely determined, single minded musician developed guided by the hard love of his mother Aretha (Sharon Warren). Ray Charles is a man one admires and respects, but it is difficult to like him, the rough hand life dealt him ensured that; blindness, being cheated and swindled by colleagues in his early years as a musician, his escape into heroin, his continuous adultery, making sure he survived at all costs. Except for his wife and children it was always going to be him not them.
The loneliness of blindness is also brilliantly portrayed, and to a lesser extent the effect of segregation in America at that time.
There is so much more one would like to have seen, I would have loved the film to have been at least an hour longer but that is obviously impractical.
You don't have to be a Ray Charles fan (I am not) to be moved by this superb film.
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