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* / *****