Biopic films are a great way of remembering a legend, and im mocking those biopic films Walk Hard has created a legend out of Dewey Cox.
Walk Hard is the story of Dewey Cox (John C Reilly), a Johnny Cash-esque singer who after accidentally killing his brother has to prove his greatness, or be doubly great for himself and his brother. After playing “the devils” music a 14-year-old Dewey leaves home with his 12-year-old girlfriend Edith. Only to get a house and a job, and shortly a record deal by a group of jewish men. Along the way Dewey meets Darlene (Jenna Fischer) , an obvious reference to Walk the Line. has numerous children, wears two wedding rings, tries his hand at sexual carpentry, tries all manner of drugs and goes to rehab twice.
Towards the end of the film Dewey realises he should be spending more time with his family and so decides to play catch with them all one by one, he buys a large farm and the all live happily, until the return of Darlene and the family is then complete. A now 75-year-old Dewey listens to the rap remix of Walk Hard and a tribute to him before agreeing to one final performance on stage.
There are a lot of cameos in this film Johan Hill plays Deweys older brothers ghost, Jack White playing Elvis Presley, Frankie Muniz as Elvis as well as Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Justin Long and Jason Schwatzman playing the Beatles. as well as GhostFace Killah, Lyle Lovett, Jewel and Jackson Brown performing a Walk Hard tribute.
The film was written by comedy legend Judd Apatow, and Orange County director Jake Kasden, who also directs Walk hard. It should have been a sure fire hit, Unfortunately due to low box office sales the film is not seen for the comedic masterpiece it is.
The last thing im going to say in this review is I love Cox, why? Because its true, Walk Hard straight away jumped in to my top 25 films of all time with no competition. The story is great, John C Reilly is great and the soundtrack is my all time favourite movie soundtrack, which knocked the Lion King off of its 14 year reign. Id love to hear the other songs recorded for this movie, maybe one day there will be an extended, extended cut for that purpose.