Hear me out, Walk Hard (2007) is the greatest musician biopic ever made. Why is that, you ask? Because it is completely and utterly taking the piss out of every biopic ever made before and after it came out. Cribbing heavily from Walk the Line (2005), this Judd Apatow-scripted, Jake Kasdan-directed parody manages to send up films that weren’t even made yet, like Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) and Elvis (2022), which makes me wonder why those films were even made in the first place since they cleaved so strongly to the formula that Walk Hard relentlessly mocks.
In fact, Rolling Stone pointed this out in 2018, so I’m hardly the first person to wonder why anyone would ever bother to make a musician biopic ever again, considering how brutally perfect Walk Hard was at pointing out that reducing a complex human being into three acts spanning a lifetime of work is pretty much absurd once you take half a step back. And yet, here we are.
Costumed by Debra McGuire, whose past efforts include quite a bit of well known modern films helmed by Judd Apatow, such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), and Knocked Up (2007), as well as cult hits Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Idiocracy (2006), and Superbad (2007), and not to mention her work on 234 episodes of Friends (1994-2004). Her costumes in Walk Hard span the 1930s through to the 1990s, but the emphasis is on the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s as far as the bulk of the costuming content in the film goes. So let’s take a look!
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