Who: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Terrence Howard, Larenz Tate, Richard Schiff and Regina King
What’s the story: Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years of the life of the famous rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles.
Where: The film begins in Northern Florida, where Ray Charles Robinson lived since his family moved from Georgia when he was an infant. Throughout the film, Ray Charles moves around the U.S. to tour and moves his family around with him.
Why it’s amazing: Ray is a magical film that truly captures who Ray Charles was, how his talent developed and how his music became a treasure of the R&B realm, as well as a gift to the Pop tune circle later in his career. On top of Ray Charles’ incredible gift of music showcased in this film, it is amazing to see how someone is able to rise above adversity, racism and personal obstacles to become one of the world’s greatest entertainers in the music industry. On top of the story, Jamie Foxx gives an electrifying performance of Ray Charles – an incredible portrayal that earned him a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005.
What is bad about it: The only thing I would have loved to have seen was a bit more about his life in the 1980s and 1990s. However, the movie is already over two hours long, so it would have been difficult to fit in those decades.
Wonderful scene in the movie: When Ray Charles performs his major hit “What I’d Say” for the first time and it is completely improvised by himself, his Raylette back-up singers and the band.
Fun Fact: During filming, Jamie Foxx had to wear eye prosthetics that really did make him blind for up to 14 hours a day during shooting and played the piano in every scene himself.
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