Directed by Taylor Hackford, this biopic profiles the life of legendary musician Ray Charles. Despite humble beginnings and the loss of his eyesight due to glaucoma at the age of six, Charles, depicted by Jamie Foxx, would nonetheless become an icon in both the music industry and the civil rights era.
While the film delves into his problems with drugs and women, the bulk of the story details his career; among the highlights of that career are 12 Grammy awards and 11 R&B chart-toppers, such as”Unchain My Heart,” “Hit the Road, Jack,” “Georgia,” “Doin’ the Mess Around,” and “Hallelujah I Just Love Her So.”
Also among the cast are Larenz Tate as Quincy Jones, as well as Regina King, Kerry Washington, and Clifton Powell. Charles’ son, Ray Charles Jr. helped produce the film. Most impressive is Jamie Foxx’s performance and, especially, his singing.