Ray (Hackford, 2004)

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Just re-watched the last half of this very popular 2004 Ray Charles biopic.  Jamie Foxx, as usual, delivers a good performance as Charles.  My problem with the film as with other Academy favorite biopics of recent years is that if you slap a big star on a popular figure you tend to devolve to basic convention in the film making, which happens here.  It’s a by the book bio (no pun intended) pic.  I would rather have seen it as an actual biography in this case.  The editing corrodes to an exact timeframe in the protagonist’s life.  Ray Charles had a serious problem with Heroin well into his late thirties and for some reason the filmmakers decided to focus on this only.  How original.  Charles had a great future of philanthropy, composing and performing but the filmmakers decided to ignore his last 40 years.

1 1/2* / *****

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