Opening 6 Jan 2005
The life of Ray Robinson and how he became the institution known as Ray Charles is engrossingly explored in this film biography directed by Taylor Hackford. From Ray's rhythm & blues hits of the 50s, through pop and country & western in the 60s, the words to his songs are linked to the events of his life. The music alone would be enough to enjoy this film but what makes this film truly wonderful is that Jamie Foxx really becomes Ray Charles. Foxx captures the essence of Ray not just in the way he walks and talks, but in his lust for life and love of music.
Ray also lusted after and loved many women but he stayed with his wife Bea who is thoughtfully portrayed by Kerry Washington. His relationships with women, his friends, heroin addiction and struggles with the business side of music are touched upon in a straightforward manner without any attempt to glorify or minimize Ray's actions. So Let The Good Times Roll and celebrate the life and music of Ray Charles on the big screen. (Mary Nyiri)