Directed by: Casey Affleck
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix
A documentary detailing Joaquin Phoenix’s dramatic descent into madness, or is it? Written by Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix it does leave you in some doubt. Either way, Joaquin Phoenix puts in an elaborate, ballsy performance in which he confronts the media and entertainment industry with a warts and all bio of the screen actor committed to share the ‘behind the facade’ of celebrity. No wholes barred I am afraid but unfortunately it might have worked better had it included likable characters. Ricky Gervais has shown this works with comedies like Extras; and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borak, but not here, I fear. Joaquin Phoenix(the character) is both a degenerate and unlikeable. This is bold cinema but only time will tell whether it is brilliant cinema.