3/31/2008

Movie Review: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story


I previewed Walk Hard last December and I got the impression that the movie was going to be a funny one. My senses didn't fail me -- I watched Walk Hard in the theater and came out laughing.

The movie is a combination of two things I'm very in to: music and parodies. Walk Hard obviously draws a lot from Walk The Line, the biopic of country legend Johnny Cash. Director Jake Kasdan's treatment of the movie is a mix between the over-the-top spoofs like Scary Movie to the Will Ferrell parodies like Talladega Nights. John C. Reilly is OK at the titular role of Dewey Cox, although I honestly feel Will Ferrell could have been a better choice.

The R-rating for the film is also justified. The depiction of the rock n' roll lifestyle of groupie sex and drugs are explicit (some frontal nudity), but done with humor. The music Dewey Cox plays have playful lyrics and could even have double meaning. The music sequences with Darlene Madison (played by The Office's Jenna Fischer) are filled with sexual tension of "friends."

If you like a movie with a good sense of humor and a good ear for music, Walk Hard is defintely for you. It's nice musical journey from the rock 'n roll era all the way to the hip-hop mashup era. Watch out for cameos of Judd Apatow regulars such as Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd.


Rating: 4/5


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