Friday, August 6, 2010

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Very rarely does a film spoof strive to be something bigger, but Walk Hard is that film. Mocking Walk the Line, Ray, D.A. Pennebaker's Don't Look Back and other music biopics, it tells the story of a fictional legendary musician who came from utter poverty, lost his sense of smell, and accidentally cut his brother in half. He then rises and becomes a huge success, undergoing every cliche ever employed in these types of films. John C. Reilly is a wonder (and a hoot) in the lead as he does his own singing through several different eras and genres. The film contains many funny, inspired moments, though it does contain several that don't work and some that are just infantile. It is also worth noting the high quality of many of the film's songs as well.