What Affleck and Phoenix have attempted is more than a film. I'm Still Here chronicles a two-year performance-art piece that's bold and, just maybe, brilliant.
Agreed. I think many people here are rating this on its merits as a film. More than a film, it's an opportunity to see a side of life that cannot be fictionalised. The daring to pull off such a hoax is admirable, and the exposure to a reality that defies logic and has a life of its own is priceless.
Mar 16 - 08:20 PM
This film has so much to offer. It's a commentary on our social structure and how we relate to one another, especially those in the spotlight of society. Listen to the laughs in the Letterman interview, odd that a person breaking down brought so many laughs, what does that say about us? Look how Joaquin was able to totally change public perception, which speaks volumes in what shapes perception in general. Is it one of the grandest performance pieces of all time? Yes, but the beauty of it is, how difficult was it to play that role? The ending of the film, so cleverly and thoughtfully done (especially since Joaquin is still here and out with another Oscar worthy performance in The Master) is a declaration of its intent to the audience. He took everyone for a ride and at the end of it the viewer is forced to analyze their self and their perception, which of course isn't particularly easy for some of us. Hence, the lower rating, but surely with time this will be understood to be a much greater work of art.
Sep 27 - 02:02 AM