After escaping an Arkansas cotton farm, singer Johnny Cash (Phoenix) makes it all the way to Sun Records in Memphis, where he joins an illustrious roster that includes Elvis Presley. With a young family waiting back home, country-star-in-the-making Cash seems made — but will he throw it all away for two things he comes across while on the road: June Carter (Witherspoon) and drugs?
A routine genre picture that knows just the two basic chords (love/trouble), Walk The Line rarely aspires to the condition of art. But with material this catchy and stars this winning, Mangold’s movie will have your feet tapping to the beat and your heart occasionally skipping it — just like all good pop music should.
Reviewed by Colin Kennedy
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