While leaving the Palm theater after seeing “Walk the Line” more than two months ago at the Telluride Film Festival, I asked a fellow moviegoer for a take on the film, the good friend said, “I liked it better when it was called ‘Ray’.”
Indeed, its hard not to compare the two films and clearly “Walk the Line,” which I watched again earlier this month in LA, is no “Ray” (a movie last year that I enjoyed quite a bit). For month’s we’d been told that that the Johnny Cash bio-pic would be the new “Ray,” implying that it would strike a chord with audiences across the country and capture a pop culture moment en route to a best picture nomination at the Academy Awards. While that’s certainly possible, the ratings were quite good for last night’s CBS special “I Walk the Line” featuring musical performances of Cash songs and clips from the movie, key performances and technical credits are much better than the movie itself. If anyone is especially worth honoring in the “Walk The Line”, its Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. When she’s on screen, the movie is particular entertaining, but in the end, “Walk The Line” just isn’t as good as a movie about “The Man in Black” should be.