A friend of mine just wrote me about his reaction to the film. He grew up in Memphis:
At Christmas in 1968 I was seven years old. I will never forget that Christmas, because it was the year I received a record player from Santa Claus and I received my very first album. It was a Johnny Cash Album. I still have that album and dozens of others I accumulated during my childhood and years growing up. The first music concert I ever went to was Johnny Cash when I was about 10 years old. I saw him in concert twice in my life I think, but I still remember the excitement. I know every word to practically every song he ever recorded. Yes, I can sing you every word of “A boy named Sue” from memory. I have a first rate album collection, but my favorite was always “Live at Folsom Prison.” I memorized every song and word years ago and they are still etched in my mind. This concert was the centerpiece of the movie “Walk the Line” and it was a brilliant choice.
I can’t begin to tell you the anticipation I felt as I went to see the movie yesterday. I didn’t know what to expect. All I can say is Wow! It was not a good movie, it was a great movie. First and foremost, “Walk the Line” is a love story. I think it was even better than “Ray.” Phoenix nails him. He does a superb job in his portrayal of the man in black, and I was skeptical coming in. Being from Memphis and seeing all the things I have heard and read about all the years, coming to life, sent chills down my spine and tears to my eyes. I felt like I was there and a part of it all. I want to go see the movie again and again. I thought the sound and especially the photography were outstanding. Oscars for Phoenix and Witherspoon. Walk the Line gets my vote for the best movie I have seen this year.
Got babysitting lined up for later in the week to see it. Can’t wait.