Friday, April 11, 2008
Walk Hard : The Dewey Cox Story
Walk Hard is a smart comedy parody of the rock star biopic. The formula is near perfect. The humor in Walk Hard is very observational, self-parodying, ironic, surreal, dark and often hysterical.
The filmmakers Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and Jake Kasden (Orange County) bring comedic genius to the movie. John C. Reilly is fantastic! I have been a fan of his work ever since I saw him for the first time in Boogie Nights. His role as Dewey Cox establishes himself as a solid leading man. It was also cool that he actually sang and played all of the music in the movie. Jenna Fischer and a wide range of current and former SNL stars, such as Kristin Wiig and Chris Parnell flesh out the rest of the cast for Walk Hard.
The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 step-kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene.
In addition to rips on bio movies like Ray and Walk the Line, Walk Hard has its own brand of humor and jokes that stand on their own. I will give a warning, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is silly, but it's all in good fun. Based on Reilly's performance and the songs I give Walk Hard a B+. Enjoy!!! ~Caleb