Genre – Drama, Music, Biography.
Rated – PG-13.
Year – 2004.
Running Time – 2 hours and 32 minutes (Extended Version – 2 hours and 58 minutes).
Director – Taylor Hackford.
Stars – Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, C.J. Sanders, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff, Larenz Tate and Terrence Howard.
Story Breakdown – Ray Charles Robinson becomes blind at a young age and grows up to be a legendary piano player.
Oscar Wins – (2) – Actor (Jamie Foxx) and Sound Mixing.
My Rating – 3 and 1/2 (out of 4)
Review – An extraordinary film about an extraordinary man. Jamie Foxx disappears into the role of Ray Charles, giving the best performance of his career (he doesn’t actually sing, but his lipsynching is perfect). The supporting cast, direction, costumes, sound mixing, and especially music are also great. Overlong but well-made, this plays as both a crowd pleaser and a dark study of a man with a troubled past.