With the current malaise, ongoing imperialist wars, reactionary attitutudes and even greater media propaganda, people like Bill Hicks are needed more than ever. A fascinating documentary on a man too forthright on unwanted truths to be properly appreciated in his own country.
Hicks is worth the hype (mostly--he was a bit too enamored of conspiracy theories), but there's not nearly enough performance footage here, and far too much tacky animation. Also some acknowledgment that the same boldness from which his legend derives could lead to bullying self-righteousness would've been nice.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. This was a great and incredibly informative documentary but the visual nonsense was just too much. A wonderfully intimate tribute to one of the most underrated comics of all time.
This documentary does a good job of taking what few pictures and videos of Bill were available to create a visually appealing mobile collage that manages to detail his story fairly well. There is very little stand-up in this film but you learn a lot more about the life of this extremely talented and hilarious individual. But more importantly, we remember that Bill wasn't afraid to ask the real difficult questions.
"[Hicks] has been subject to a creeping lionization that has promoted him...into the upper reaches of those all-time greatest lists.... I personally have never had a great deal of time for Hicks's shouty, hectoring comedy–like being trapped in a room with a sociology student who's just drunk a dozen espressos–but this is a really interesting film biography of him." - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian. Loved the animation.