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Re: Have you seen "Ray" yet?
4/10/2005 1:51 PM
Stanton Nesbit (326) wrote:
Yes, I liked "Ray," too. I thought Jamie Foxx was really as good as critics said, not just at playing Ray Charles, but as an actor. As with most biography, though, you come away with only snapshots and fragmented scenes because the script is mainly big events. We rarely see what Ray's normal life was like, which is unfortunate, but a fairly predictable choice for the filmmakers. There are a few contrived moments and some weak performances from supporting players, but Foxx and the music are easily worth the price of admission.
I couldn't help comparing it to Clint Eastwoods Bird, probably a more artistic film thats also better at showing the life of the musician/addict. Still, Charlie Parker only lived 1/3 of Ray Charles life, so it was easier for the Bird script to go deeper. I think Ray has a better lead performanceand a happier ending, of courseso its a stronger overall experience.
Thanks for the thread, by the way. I was curious what other musicians would think of the movie.