Ray (2004)

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Ray (2004)
  • Time: 152 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Music
  • Director: Taylor Hackford
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington

Storyline:

The true life story of legendary blues singer Ray Charles from losing his eyesight in early childhood, to his rising career during the 1950s and 1960s, and his problems with racism, drug abuse, failed relationships and his ideas to change the pace music by combining rhythm and blues and gospel music.

One review

  • The movie, Ray, was such an emotional film to watch. Jamie Fox plays the role of a legendary musician, Ray Charles Robinson. Ray Charles, blind at the age of seven, takes an interest in music by learning the piano. Realizing she can no longer provide the care her child needs, Aretha Robinson (Sharon Warren) sends Ray Charles away to a special school designed to aid those who are blind. Approaching adulthood, Ray Charles begins his career in music playing in clubs with bands until he determines his own fate with his music career, love for women, and drugs. Directing this film was Taylor Hackford, who is known for producing Oscar and Grammy Award winning films.

    In my opinion, I believe Taylor Hackford has a knack for choosing the right people to bring his films to life. In addition to Jamie Foxx playing Ray Charles, we have major actors such as: Kerry Washington (Della Bea Robinson, Ray’s wife), Regina King (Margie Hendricks, Ray’s back-up singer and mistress), and Clifton Powell (Jeff Brown, Ray’s right-hand man). The feeling that each of these actors/actresses bring to the film, makes you feel exactly every emotion down to even the mood they were individually and collectively in.

    The theme of this film is nothing less than seeing the highs and lows that people go through regardless how rich, wealthy, healthy, and/or handicapped an individual may be. Furthermore, it also shows that talent comes from anyone. Being able to walk verses being in a wheel chair, being able to see verses being blind, being able to talk verses being mute does not stop an individual from making a difference in this world and in the lives of others.

    Watching the movie, Ray, is no different than reading an autobiography. It just places more life and reality into what the individual was feeling and thinking while doing the things they did and by also choosing the type of life they wanted to live. We see no different when we watch similar films like Dorothy Dandridge and La Bamba (a film also produced by Taylor Hackford). These films comes with long life lessons that anyone can learn from no matter if that individual is alive or laid at rest.

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