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Jan. 9, 2006, Herald Journal

The legend of Johnny Cash


My mom has been bugging me ever since the movie “Walk the Line” came into theaters to take her to see it. Everyone she talked to thought it was so good. Her cousin even saw it twice.

So one night after Christmas, I took her to see it. We got there just in time and the theater was packed. I couldn’t believe there were that many people weeks after it came out. I thought everybody would have seen it already.

I was never a big Johnny Cash fan, but I’ve grown accustomed to his popular songs like “Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire.” I thought the movie would appeal more to the older generations who grew up listening to his music. I didn’t realize how influential and popular he really was. Then again, people are usually more famous after they pass away, which is sad.

Reese Witherspoon has always been a good actor so I thought it could be a good time. Well I never thought it would be as good as it was.

I never knew the history of Johnny Cash and it was interesting to learn of the life he led.

Joaquin Phoenix did a wonderful portrayal of the pill-popping country star and Reese Witherspoon had an excellent voice for her role as June Carter.

It was a sweet love story but it was also a mesmerizing biography of the troubled life Cash lived beginning when he was a young boy.

Phoenix had a wonderful voice that was remarkably similar to Cash’s distinct deep voice and vocal techniques. It also helped that he wasn’t bad to look at!

Most of the songs had me stomping my feet on the theater floor in rhythm. The movie definitely got a person involved quickly.

I was also happy to see how my mother was enjoying the movie next to me. I would look over and see her smiling or laughing and in the end, crying. Well we both ended up crying.

When the movie ended, I wanted it to continue. Not that it had a bad ending, I just wanted to keep watching it.

This is a movie I will buy for myself and my mother to watch over and over again. I would even go to the theater again.

I definitely have more respect for the man and I am eager to own one of his CDs.

I’m glad I got to see this movie and learn about the life, love and legend of Johnny Cash.

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