a two movie weekend

I’m not a big moviegoer, but circumstances saw me visit the wonderful Nova Cinema twice this weekend.

First up was “The Constant Gardener“. I’ll admit to not being that keen to see this one. I found the book so sad that I thought it would spoil my enjoyment of the movie. Sure, the movie was sad, but the story was so sympathetically reproduced that I’d still say it was well worth seeing. The real positive was the colour and music of Africa that the medium of film could bring to the story. Excellent!

Walk the Line, the movie.Next up was a preview session of “Walk the Line” – the Johnny Cash story. Now, I’m a bit of a fan of Johnny Cash. Along with “Hard Day’s Night” and a Louis Armstrong record, Johnny Cash was the only other artist I remember from my family’s LP collection. I grew up with these songs.

Obviously, I enjoyed it! It was great. A story about the extraordinary forces that helped shape his life and talent. Some of the historical detail was new to me, but one of the most impressive ‘forces’ in Johnny’s life was June Carter. She must have been a force to be reckoned with… and Reese Witherspoon did a fantastic job of the part. I believe she sang her own part in the music too. Respect!