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Aro Recommended Ray

 

USA 2004, 146 minutes
Dir. Taylor Hackford
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Drama, Music

Topics: Biopic, African-American.

 

Aroview: The life and career of innovative blues-singer Ray Charles (here played by Jamie Foxx) gets epic and reverential treatment in this Oscar-winning biopic.

Raised in poor rural Georgia, the blind Charles went on to massive commercial success in the 1950s with an original melding of gospel and r&b styles, before eventually stumbling over the cliches of fame: heroin, adultery and artistic dilution. Charting Charles' lifetime (up until the late 1970s) with the familiar Hollywood mechanisms of focused drama, montage and flashback, this is notable chiefly for its lead performance.

Foxx here gives a brilliant turn, proving the fulfillment of the actor's rise to critical notice, with a finely turned imitation of Charles, invested with real heart and soul.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • deleted scenes
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • 2-disc set
 

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