Jewel Kilcher in Ring of Fire (2013)

Walking a Parallel Line

As a child June was part of the Carter's a group of family singers but eventually she managed to make it as a singer and performer in her own right. But after becoming a singer in her own right she also met the incorrigible Johnny Cash. But despite falling for him there was Johnny's problem which threatened their happiness, his addiction to pills.

First things first and "Ring of Fire" is not the Johnny Cash story, but the June Carter Cash storyline which tells things from her perspective. It is an important point because this made for TV movie covers things which from my memory were not covered in "Walk the Line" which of course many will end up comparing this to, for example this mentions June's previous marriages and children which I don't remember really being covered in "Walk the Line" and then there are her performances on the Johnny Cash show as singer in her own right rather than a comedy side kick.

Matt Ross in Ring of Fire (2013)

Now let me cut to the chase and tell you that if you appreciate the music of Carter and Cash what you have is 90 minutes of entertainment with nice performances from Jewel Kilcher and Matt Ross, on the subject of which certainly has a touch of the Johnny Cash about him when it comes to his looks. Now maybe if you are fans of Carter and Cash and know their true story then maybe there are some noticeable issues but I suppose in a way what this does is symbolically tell their love story from June's perspective and that works as it gives us enough variation on the storyline in "Walk the Line".

What this all boils down to is that if you want to watch a musical romance with ups and downs then "Ring of Fire" works, especially if you are a fan of Carter and Cash's music. But whilst it tells the story of June & Johnny relationship from June's perspective this isn't some great biopic especially if you compare it to "Walk the Line" or I guess know the true story of June & Johnny's troubled relationship.