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2005 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS WIDESCREEN EDITION DVD
Jamie Foxx's uncannily accurate performance isn't the only good thing about Ray. Riding high on a wave of Oscar® buzz, Foxx proved himself worthy of all the hype by portraying blind R&B legend Ray Charles in a warts-and-all performance that Charles approved shortly before his death in June 2004. Despite a few dramatic embellishments of actual incidents (such as the suggestion that the accidental drowning of Charles's younger brother caused all the inner demons that Charles would battle into adulthood), the film does a remarkable job of summarizing Charles's strengths as a musical innovator and his weaknesses as a philandering heroin addict who recorded some of his best songs while flying high as a kite. Foxx seems to be channeling Charles himself, and as he did with the life of Ritchie Valens in La Bamba, director Taylor Hackford gets most of the period details absolutely right as he chronicles Ray's rise from "chitlin circuit" performer in the early '50s to his much-deserved elevation to legendary status as one of the all-time great musicians. Foxx expertly lip-syncs to Ray Charles's classic recordings, but you could swear he's the real deal in a film that honors Ray Charles without sanitizing his once-messy life. --Jeff Shannon
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You might be asking yourself what kind of movie is this. Well, in my opinion it is an excellent one, due to the fact that it entertains but also informs the spectator about another era, and a musician that lived in it. That is specially important in the case of young movie-goers, who aren't necessarily aware of what segregatation was like in the 50's, or what kind of gestures were needed to bring it down. You may have read about it in history books, but seeing it shown in a good film makes you understand segregation in its stark reality, and thank to God (and people like Ray, and many others) that times have changed.
But what about Ray?. Impossible as it may seem to many, some people (me included) didn't know much about him before seeing this film. If that is the case, this movie is the right way to be introduced to this American music legend, because it pictures Ray as a person with lots of virtues, but also many defects. He is shown as brave enough to overcome the difficulties that arose from the fact that he was blind and black (in times when segregation was a reality in the south of USA), and to pursue his dream of becoming a well-known musician. However, we also see his struggles with drug, and the less than stellar way in which he treated the women in his life (for example his wife, played by Kerry Washington, and his mistress, played by Regina King).Read more ›
Foxx looks and acts so much like Ray Charles, that I forgot it was an actor playing a part. He absolutely deserved the Academy Award for Best Actor. The supporting cast is also excellent, the story is fascinating, and there are many exciting musical performances of Ray's hits that are sure to put a smile on your face. Heartily recommended.
just think it could have been better.Jamie Foxx is very good in the
title role.the problem however lies with the film itself.I give Ray
high marks for style,but not so much for substance.i felt it was
missing the depth,the heart and soul it should have had.i also found
this movie to be depressing at times and it seems to drag to drag.Ray
Charles was a genius and that is shown very person,to be polite.the
filmmakers were striving for accuracy and i get that.but sometimes the
film focuses too much on this aspect of Charles and this is where it
languishes.Ray could have been a great film.instead it sits somewhere
between good and very good.A disappointment considering the subject
matter.of course this is just one person's opinion.for me,Ray is a 3/5.
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Item arrive in time perfect condition A1 seller i recommend it , 5 stars !! Very good seller It's a perfect transaction .Published on Dec 28 2011 by Patrice Gagné