Review: This is the incredible true story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. It takes us through to his stardom in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Director: Taylor Hackford
Actors: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, C.J. Sanders, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff, Larenz Tate, Terrence Howard, David Krumholtz and Wendell Pierce
Genre: Biography, Drama and Music
This is one of the best music biopics that there has been. Taylor Hackford has done a brilliant job directing this movie. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles is unbelievable and puts all of his energy into the role and what he gets right most of all is his physical side. Jamie Foxx never does any of the singing, it is all Ray Charles on the soundtrack but what Jamie Foxx does do is he played the piano in all the scenes himself. The real Ray Charles was involved with this project for years up until his death. The script is very well written by Taylor Hackford and James L. White. This film is two and a half hours long, although does not feel it. Denzel Washington was first approached to play the title role, but passed on the project. Ray Charles died of liver failure in June 2004 just after filming had ended. Just before his death he was able to sit through the first edit of the film. At the Academy Awards in 2005 this won 2 Oscars. They were for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jamie Foxx) and also Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2005 this won one award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. At the Bafta Awards also in 2005 this won 2 awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jamie Foxx) and also for Best Sound.