Phoenix is incredible as always (even with a fake-ass wig); Jonah Hill plays it cool as a FABULOUS life-coach/AA sponsor; Rooney Mara melted my heart with that pixie haircut and sweet smile; Beth Ditto was an unexpected surprise... And I loved the animated cartoons that popped-up occasionally. But the film fails at being more than just the sum of its parts. Heartwarming and a nice homage to Callahan's life and work.
This movie's tone is flatter than the roads John Callahan speed-raced in his wheelchair, only intercepted by his cartoon sketches. Phoenix was born to play this role, Annu is boring compared to Lisbeth Salander and Beth Ditto was an enjoyable surprise.
Oh my god, that still looks fucking horrible! Gus Van Sant, you've made 3 unforgivably shitty movies in a row - I hope this movie will be the one that redeems you.
Unfortunately that fucking still doesn't bode well! Edit: just saw the trailer, looks like your average lifetime movie!