Running Time: 96 mins.
Rated: Rated MA 15+ (strong coarse language, Strong drug references and nudity).
Walk Hard story is about a fictional music legend, Dewey Cox. Written by Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan, the film is a satire of all those musical real-life stories you might have loved and hated.
I have to confess that I know next to nothing about rock 'n' roll history. Given the large numbers of rock biopics we have had in recent years, I thought this film was another in this series, that there must have been a rocker called Dewey Cox who had a string of hits in the 50s and 60s.
Dewey is a wonderful creation, and it matters to know this because then you can relax and enjoy the satire of this film from the outset. The opening flashback scene is especially appalling when you think it's serious.
The Dewey Cox story is high risk humour because it mocks June Jihus that don't deserve to be pilloried like Walk the Line, Ray and Dreamgirls. And while it has Jim portraying what seems like the mandatory rock biography - poor, sad and wild child, gets accidental break, is discovered and then hits the big time. As his career soars, his personal life descends into a substance abusing, orgiastic, unfaithful mess.
Walk Hard has some good, if dark, comedic moments. But it runs out of ideas about two thirds of the way through and is much less satisfying from there on to the end.
Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.