#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The story of Ray Charles (played by Jamie Foxx), music legend. Told in his adult life with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood, which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, him writing his own songs and running his own band, and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life.
Plot: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern musical circuit, the soulful singer gained a reputation and then exploded with worldwide fame when he pioneered coupling gospel and country together.
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One incredible performance, one worthwhile movie
Let’s get the flaw out of the way right off the top – the movie should have been much longer. Ray Charles was a brilliant, fascinating man who lead a complex, challenging life. There was simply no way to fit it all – or even touch on it all – in a standard length movie. Given that, the makers of this film did an admirable (and I’m sure quite agonizing) job of putting together a film that could not tell the whole story yet managed to set forth a representative sampling of the man and his music. Ray Charles’ strengths were evident throughout the film and his weaknesses were neither amplified nor sugar-coated. We could have wished for another hour chronicling his life after 1980, but I suppose that would have tended to turn the film into an homage and, while it would have also allowed for the resolution of several things that were left hanging at the end, on balance I guess it was better as presented.
Now for the big question: what are the criteria for an Oscar? The wife and I have seen untold numbers of films in our years, but we immediately agreed that we have never seen a performance the equal of Jamie Foxx’s. The line between actor and character was not blurred – but rather it disappeared completely. We had heard much of the hype before seeing the movie, but this was uncanny. Foxx WAS Ray Charles. You didn’t watch the movie with the feeling that you were watching Foxx do an outstanding job of portraying Ray Charles – you watched it somehow believing or understanding that you were watching Ray Charles himself. I don’t know how else to put it. We were completely blown away. I’ll admit that we haven’t seen all of the other performances up for an Oscar this year, but that really doesn’t matter. Foxx took this to a whole nuther level, one which we’ve never witnessed before and doubt that we may ever see again. I can think of no other movie I’ve ever seen in which a person playing a part so completely and convincingly became the person portrayed. We salute you, Mr. Foxx. We understand that the awarding of an Oscar has to do with much more than the performance, but whether or not you win, we want you to know that you have done something that is in a class absolutely by itself and you should take enormous pride in your unparalleled achievement.
P.S. The music was naturally great. I remarked to the wife that if there is one moment in the history of music to which I wish I could have been witness, it would have been the genesis (in Kansas City, wasn’t it?) of What’d I Say? The film did a wonderful job with it – just wish I could’ve been there!
Is it a great performance or a great impersonation?
Director Taylor Hackford doesn’t have to work hard to get Ray Charles on our side: the opening scene, with Ray outsmarting a bigoted redneck, gets you smiling and immediately we’re off on Ray’s adventure. It seems like a good start, but despite the fact that Ray is a sympathetic, interesting character on-screen, it’s tough to believe much of what we’re seeing is real (and that’s because it follows a tried-and-true Hollywood formula, right down to showing us headlines to push the narrative forward). The production is very handsome, the supporting characters fairly well-drawn, and Jamie Foxx is solid and commendable. Is he really feeling Ray Charles down to his marrow or is this just a terrific Ray Charles impersonation? Hard to tell from the way this half-fabricated story plays out: it is a slick, assembly-line bio-pic. Fun for one viewing, but no masterwork. ** from ****
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 32 min (152 min), 2 hr 58 min (178 min) (extended) (USA)
Genre Biography, Drama, Music
Director Taylor Hackford
Writer Taylor Hackford, James L. White
Actors Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington
Country United States
Awards Won 2 Oscars. 53 wins & 54 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4, Cinetal and Varotal Lenses, Arricam ST, Cooke S4, Cinetal and Varotal Lenses, Arriflex 35-IIC, Cooke S4, Cinetal and Varotal Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm