The Bottom Line
- Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon shine in the title roles.
- All songs performed by the actors themselves.
- Country star Shooter Jennings plays his father Waylon.
- Country star Shelby Lynn plays Carrie Cash, Johnny's mother.
- None at all.
- Released by 20th Century Fox
- Includes 10 deleted scenes, commentary, and trailers.
- Directed by James Mangold
Guide Review - Walk the Line - Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon
While I enjoyed country music in my teens, I was more into pop music, so I didn't grow up with Johnny Cash. I never saw him perform live, and sadly, after he passed, and I listened to more of his projects we reviewed for the site, I realized just how much wonderful music I had missed, and wished that I had been able to see him live.
While I knew some about Johnny's life, I knew next to nothing about June Carter, other than her as Johnny's wife, and part of the Carter Family. I was really taken by her, as portrayed by Reese Witherspoon. Being from such a famous country music family, June never considered herself much of a singer, so she learned comedy, so she'd have something to give.
It was hard watching Johnny's drug-filled days, and June's needed "tough love" attitude to him to make him straighten up, but as I watched the film I really could feel their love, and understand how hard it must have been for Johnny to go on living after June's death.
I think both Joaquin and Reese did a great job with the singing, and commend them on this. Their Golden Globe wins and Oscar nominations are well deserved. This is a picture that I will watch over and over and never get tired of.
If you have any interest in country music, or even if you don't, this is a wonderful love story. Go buy it. You won't be sorry.