It took me a long time to finally get around to seeing the movie Ray even though some of my friends spoke very highly of it. Now I see why. This film has it all – a powerful story, a wonderful performance by Jamie Foxx and a killer soundtrack. This is one of those films which, while you’re watching it, you’re thinking “wow, this is really really good.” The performance of Jamie Foxx absolutely towers over this whole film. Other supporting actors do well but go almost unnoticed as we see are captivated by the way Foxx recreates Ray Charles. The transformation is so complete that it’s hard to believe he is lip-syncing.
The film does not gloss over Charles’ heroin addiction but presents it as just something Ray had to overcome and, at the end of the film, sure enough, he has and now all is cool. There is no showing the divorce from his wife (which, if we just watch the film, never happens) or some of the other hardships of his life. Nonetheless, taken on it’s own terms, this is a powerful film and performance.
9 months ago