After a formidable run of form, Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad) has finally tripped, stumbled, picked himself up and looked around sheepishly to find that nobody really noticed too much.
This spoof of musical biopics (Walk The Line and Ray to The Doors and, the very little seen Bobby Darin biopic, Beyond The Sea all get a look in) tells the overly familiar story of a genre setting musical genius with a troubled childhood. Dewey Cox, played by John C Reilley with his usual childlike exuberance, goes through every motion of drug addiction, creative turmoil and marriage problems all played as straight as possible for as many laughs as they can get.
Walk Hard sits uneasily in the comedy canon between the good, Anchorman, and the terrible, Date Movie et al . Some jokes, most notably the cameos (the best being Jack White as Elvis) and the idea of John C playing a 14 year old, are dappy enough to raise a good gut laugh. But when the film resorts to all out stupidity in the form of people being macheted in half and our hero losing his sense of smell the groans outway the sniggers. Sadly from reel 3 on its mainly stupid groans.
Walk Hard could even be the epitome of hit and miss but when the jokes dry up from repitition there is absolutly nothing left in the flimsy story to keep you entertained, and entertainment is really the point of you going to see a film like this in the first place.