I fully agree! I grew up in the Fifties/Sixties with the music, and my aunt was THE Jerry Lee Lewis fan, so we heard all about him and listened to his music a lot. I think she even went to several concerts. This is dead-on perfect! They say Lewis doesn't really like this movie; perhaps because it's TOO dead on for him. I recall seeing JLL's performances and interviews with him on TV in those early days; he WAS a bit cartoonish/overboard at times, but so are other colorful characters from that period. Check out Little Richard! If he was portrayed in a bioflick, people at IMDb probably would be saying, "That was cartoonish and unreal" although it would be Little Richard exactly.
Dennis Quaid is one of my favorite actors, and he DID nail this performance!
Actually, I liked the stylized approach to it, capturing that bigger-than-life quality as well as the spirit of the Fifties, with music permeating everything. As for those attacking Winona's portrayal of a girl in her early teens: She is absolutely perfect, with the hopping, squealing and big eyes! Girls were so much more innocent then, and maybe we did act more little-girlish at the time. I know we were very different from what I've seen in the past several decades, sad to say. Winona did a wonderful job capturing the energy of the time.
I watched it again this evening, thanks to the amazing EPIX movie channel that has been added to our cable lineup. (Bless them!) Even my mother, who isn't fond of rewatching films, sat down to watch it again, so that's saying a lot in its favor. I've lost count of how many times I've watched it, but I plan to view it many times in the future.
I also think Quad overdid it. I'm not saying Jerry Lee wasn't wild, but the way he was portrayed in this movie made him look like a cartoon character. In fact, Quads horrible country accent reminded my of Goofy from the Micky Mouse cartons. Nobody acts that way 24 hours a day and Jerry never seemed like a real human being in this movie. There is a clip on youtube where Jerry is being interviewed that is more human than anything in this entire movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--OLOyQmyVw . The Jerry Lee of this movie was not the real Jerry Lee.
I really did not think Quaid overacted, Lee Lewis was like that in his early wild days.
Its that man again!!
Nobody acts that way 24 hours a day and Jerry never seemed like a real human being in this movie.
I agree. There is something known as a stage personality.
For example, when Elvis was walking around his home in Graceland, he would not strike a pose every ten or so steps, like he would on stage. Michael Jackson would not be moonwalking from one room to another in his Neverland ranch.
Quaid may have done a good rendition of Lewis on stage, but he portrayed him as the exact same character off stage.
A dope trailer is no place for a kitty.