I managed to catch (most of) Walk the Line last night. I dozed through a little bit, but overall thought it was a decent film. Biopics are an interesting animal. They are part Biography channel, part Hollywood hype, but from film to film, you're never quite sure what the proportions will be. I thought both Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon did credible jobs, though I never quite lost that "I'm watching Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon pretend to be Johnny Cash and June Carter" vibe. Phoenix, for one, still reminds me too much of the bad guy in Gladiator. One of the qualities I appreciated the most in the film is the fact that both leads did their own singing ... and did it very well. Thank you, Walk the Line, for not making me twitch through bad lip synching and vocal dubs.
Will Reese Witherspoon win? Maybe. I'd like to hope that there were roles this year that required a little more, but we'll see.
Two More Days until Oscar Sunday.
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