Now I know what you’re thinking: "What the hell are you on about, Aaron?" "I hate Reese Witherspoon with a fiery passion and nothing you can do or say will ever change this!" Well, prepare to have your opinion-blaster holstered and your outlook on seemingly repulsive actresses violently re-arranged.
I recently made the time to watch Walk the Line, which somehow managed to surpass every expectation I had blindly formulated before watching the film. Granted, much of the praise should be accredited to Joaquin Phoenix, who played the role of Johnny Cash. Really, quite a mind-blowing performance, considering he is often cast as the weird or creepy dude we’re not supposed to feel empathy for. Anyway, this film could’ve been a pile of dog shit if it weren’t for Witherspoon. For an incredible 135 minutes she somehow managed to shed the ‘Blonde’ façade, revealing an amazing, remarkably convincing and (let’s face it, surprising) ability to act.
I’ve had a bit of a think about it, and this could be caused by a number of things, such as a sudden increase in brain cells, dormant layers of acting talent seeking the light of day, Witherspoon simply holding out on us, or the much more likely option that she’s becoming far more powerful an actor than we could have possibly imagined. In any case, they don’t just give away Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards for no reason.