Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin
A true-life narration of Johnny Cash (Phoenix), one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. He took up music much to the objection of his father and married his childhood sweetheart, Vivian (Goodwin). His creative lyrics and voice soon saw him soar to new heights. He met June Carter (Witherspoon) a fellow country musician and they both instantly became good friends. Johnny's rising fame and fortune started putting him with the wrong people and it was only a matter of time when coke and alcohol took over his life. Multiple convictions for possessing illegal drugs and a strained marriage with Vivian put Johnny's life in complete jeopardy. Most of the movie revolves around Cash's rise to fame and his notorious drug addiction. The music featured in the movie is foot-tapping and makes the music lover want to explore Cash's genre of music. Performances are brilliant and Joaquin Phoenix is exceptional. Reese Witherspoon looks stunning throughout the movie and the duo make a great on-screen pair. The focus only Cash's rise as a musician and the subsequent drug addiction is the only focus of the movie due to which it fails to explore other side of Cash's younger life, like the huge forest fire that his tour bus had initiated. A great biographical and musical movie that is entertaining and enjoyable.
Thumbs up: Great music and great performances
Thumbs down: Could have explored more aspects of Johnny Cash's life