September 20, 2010 1 Comment
So I know I promised to blog more regularly, but clearly I haven’t. I apologize to my legions of fans out there reading this, all of which I could count on one hand :) Sorry Lindy.
What can I say? Life got a bit busy. Ah well, all we can do is move forward right?
Over two years ago, I was devastated to find out that one of my favourite actors had decided to give up on his acting career and decide to make the old switcharoo over to hippity hop music. He had won me in To Die For (despite Nicole Kidman being in that film I still really liked it) and then I saw him in Inventing the Abbotts….Ah May Zing!!! Then he chose some wierd films that were all a bit meh U-Turn, Return to Paradise, 8mm (Nicholas Cage SPEW!!!) The Yards was good and then came Gladiator…wow!! and Quills! even more wow!!! So when Joaquin Phoenix announced his retirement and then had that horrific public appearance in Vegas (see below)
and that hilarious interview on Letterman
All I could do was wish him the best of luck…and laugh a lot at his expense….AND pray that it was some wierd practical joke that him and Casey Affleck were playing on the world.
Then came the film. I’m still here.
The trailer looked hilarious, and then on Friday Casey Affleck came out and admitted that it was all fake. This made the film SOOOO much better. I think had it all been real, I would have been even more devastated for this man who was once great at his craft, give it all up for something that he really just wasn’t all that good at and who wasn’t willing to listen to anyone tell him otherwise.
The film itself was a mockumentary, all the technical aspects were there and represented. It was a well made film. And Joaquin was very believable. The film followed Joaquin from the moment of his last performance as an actor, to when he announced his retirement, all the way through to when he met P-Diddy and then some. Majority of the film is following a very driven Phoenix who has set his sights on becoming a hip hop artist go on massive drug trips and continually stuff up opportunities to make any kind of good impression as a valid artist.
Call me cynical but could this film have been an excuse for him and Casey to go on a massive drug bender for 2 years? I’m not sure what they were trying to achieve with the film, and by the end there didn’t really seem to be a point to the story. Other than he had failed as a hip hop artist. All I’m saying is that it was a lot of effort, 2 years of their lives and money invested in a film that really didn’t have all that much to say. I suppose it gives method acting a new definition, but was the character worth it?
I think that had it not been announced that it was all a hoax, I would have walked away as a very unsatisfied film goer. Mainly cos there was no resolution. And I think walking in knowing that it was a ‘hoax’ the typical audience member is a lot more forgiving on the storyline and just becomes enthralled in the intricacies that they went to for this ‘character’ that Phoenix became. Which was an overweight, angry, drug addicted, lonely guy who felt like he had failed in life.
I’m not going to give away the ending, but I will say this. If you have a weak stomach for visual media, please don’t see this film. Its very graphic and very real. Whilst some of it was hilarious…alot of it was just a bit too gross. At the very least, we can now welcome Joaquin Phoenix back into the world of the sane and hopefully he’ll be dazzling us all with his next role.
I will say that I’m looking forward to Joaquin being on David Letterman tonight!