(2004)  

Alan:

Ebert: Rolling Stone:1/2 TV Guide:


Warning, minor plot points revealed!

Quick Review:  I don't usually review movies that I see on DVD but since this one is up for so many Oscars, I thought I should write a quick review.  Ray is a wonderful movie about the early life and career of the late Ray Charles.  I recommend that everyone go directly to their video store and rent this film immediately.  At the very least you need to see Jamie Foxx in the performance that will win the Best Actor Academy Award.  This is, as far as I'm concerned, the only category at this year's Oscars that is a lock.  If Jamie Foxx doesn't win because they have another Shakespeare in Love incident then I will definitely encourage wide spread rioting.   

Jamie Foxx's performance is so awesome it defies description.  It's the kind of performance that the Best Actor award was created for.  It's so good, in fact, that at the end of the film when you see some images and video of the real Ray Charles you are briefly confused because you now believe Jamie Foxx is Ray Charles.  

This is a world class biography movie in a year that was filled with them (The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Hotel Rwanda, Kinsey, The Sea Inside, Beyond the Sea, etc.)  It's not the best picture of the year, but it does have the best performance of the year.