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The Man in Black

It’s time we talk about Walk the Line.

First of all, it’s great. Second of all, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving. Third of all, it’s an Oscar-winning piece of art. And fourth of all, it’s about Johnny Cash.

I first saw Walk the Line back in high school. My dad got it because it had been in his periphery film want-to-see list since its release in 2005. Prior to watching the film, not only did I not even know it existed, but I wasn’t a fan of Johnny Cash. I think my knowledge of him was basically: he lived, he died, he was a country singer. Then, everything changed one fateful night…

To make a long story short, I became pretty fascinated with the film and ended up researching Johnny Cash’s drug addiction in more detail to give a presentation about it for my English class.

The most important thing that came out of me watching the film was that I found a new favorite. To this day, Walk the Line remains in my top five favorite movies of all time. I seriously love this movie, if i haven’t already made that clear.

I wouldn’t hesitate to say that my dad is glad that I like this movie and that I like it more than he does. While my father’s favorite artist is Elvis, he does very much appreciate Johnny Cash and since the movie made me feel the same way, it’s in some way a win for him. I should admit though that after seeing the movie I became more into Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon’s covers of the tunes, rather than the original songs themselves. Don’t worry, I have since corrected myself.

I can’t say why I love the film other than it’s exceptionally well made and makes me feel good when I watch it. I found out a few months ago that a classmate of mine also ranks Walk the Line as one of their all-time favorite films and that made me incredibly happy. 

Oh, also there’s a scene that takes place on Thanksgiving, so, dear reader, you have no reason to not watch it over break. 

I know I’ll be making my roommate do the same.

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