Live at San Quentin
Last night’s premiere screening of “Walk The Line”(11/3), the Johnny Cash story, at AFI can only be described as sloppy and unappologetic as an oversold pre-Thanksgiving airline flight between LAX and JFK…in a snowstorm. Moviegoers paying upwards of $75 and up (not inluding parking, popcorn, or an appology were shifted to o the unglamourous “theatre 10″ when the management oversold and/or overpapered admissions to the famous “Dome” Theatre in the Arclight complex. To make matters worse the glitteratti “reassigned” to “the box” from the “dome” had to fend for themselves without seating assignments and a 25 minute delay until the first reel print was wheeled across the lobby to #10. Oh yes, the film. Reese Witherspoon rules the screen with her multi-faceted and amazing characterization of June Carter, a solid contender for an Oscar nomination. That’s where the magic and the energy lie. Without Ms. Witherspoon the film resonates as a copy-cat to last season’s brilliant “Ray” with constipation.
Say it ain't so Arclight. We wish we could say we were surprised but after a few less than organized screenings at the venue this past year (The Jacket was particularly chaotic)...well, we aren't.At least Reese as June Carter didn't dissapoint.
Update: Apparently there was mental chaos as well as the physical one.