It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of top movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Music biopics are great, but every one of them from La Bamba to Ray, Walk the Line to Bohemian Rhapsody tends to follow a fairly standard template that goes something like: early days, motivation, discovery, grind, troubles, success, substance abuse, aftermath. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story does it too – except that he didn’t actually exist.
Instead, he’s the creation of Mr Knocked Up, Judd Apatow, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan. Played expertly by John C. Reilly in what remains arguably his funniest role (and definitely his most underrated), the result is pretty much what you’d get if you handed a music biopic to the Zucker brothers (who gave us the two Flying High flicks and Top Secret, amongst others) – especially if that had been the Johnny Cash-focused Walk the Line.
Yes, this is one very – very – silly tale that hits all the classic tropes pretty much bang on the head, and delivers a bunch of wonderfully dumb laughs right up to the wonderfully dumb end.
Four reasons why Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story rocks:
1. Meeting The Beatles (hmm, that Paul McCartney fellow at left looks a tad familiar. Come to(gether) think of it, they all do…)
2. The cracking comic cast, featuring a who’s-who from Saturday Night Live and beyond.
3. Dewey’s Brian Wilson period – which managed to parody a scene from Love & Mercy eight years before it was even released.
4. Dewey succumbing to temptations… and The Temptations.
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.