As a rule, biopics are rarely successful pieces of cinematography. Life is senseless and does not have those key elements that make a film...such as an inciting incident, and two major plot points, which separate a film into three roughly equal "acts." Beginning, middle, and end is not a way of life. So a biopic has to work too hard to tell an engaging story that involves some sort of conflict. Walk the Line felt weak, to me. It was a weak premise and weak story. I would have accepted it as a made-for-TV movie, but on the big screen, it has higher expectations.
Overall: Wait and rent it when it releases on DVD. It will be more enjoyable then. And you can admire how cute Reese Witherspoon is from the privacy of your own home (and she is adorable, as always).
This evening I watched Crash (which I had rented from Netflix) and I'd have to say that my first adjective to describe myself in response is "relieved." After the first half (about 55 minutes), it becomes clear that this is a movie about cause and reaction. Thus, the title is extremely fitting, and the first scene (which is a car accident) demonstrates this straight away. So it reached that 55 minute mark and I started to get worry. It was the "reaction" half, and that could mean a lot of violence and unnecessary death, which would be very impacting on an audience, but I was not in that kind of mood. I was relieved that most of the issues were resolved without death, though the film certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat, anxious for the next move to be made.
As far as story goes, I thought it was a really interesting look at racism in the US. It bordered on having too many storylines, which in turn would mean not spending enough time with any one situation and being left with surface characters. However, I think a vast majority of the characters had at least one attribute of depth so that you could understand their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Many of the storylines resonated and I think I'll have a better grasp of what I want to say about it after I've had more time to process.
In other news...it's opening weekend at Sundance. *sigh*