Está muy padre, como documental y como farsa de documental. Al final ¿cuál es la diferencia? J.P. (a.k.a. Joaquin Phoenix) hace un papel de alguien "que no es" durante varios meses, y a final de cuentas "es" ese alguien, al menos por esos meses.
Two men insert their sticky fingers into the anus of the tired documentary form and overly esteemed acting culture, commenting on Western mass media's selfish, pretentious, ridiculous nature. The world has no patience for this, calling it selfish, pretentious, ridiculous. This pushes the work even further into the context of the viewing space, takes it from good to fucking outstanding. A live simulacrum, not a hoax.
As someone who struggles to walk a line between creative and profitable, I'm Still Here hits a few marks that relate to my own life. And that's sort of the point, yeah? He wants to be creative, wants to live on his own and not be someone's puppet. Well fuck, shouldn't we all hope for that? I'm glad he returned home – the whole time I kept thinking "leave this behind and get straight."
"Is it real? It doesn't really matter." Whether it's a surreal hoax, magnificent performance art, or real brief madness, this film is truly funny. Whether that's intentional or not is another story. Phoenix's performance stands tall next to the likes of Johnny Cash, Theodore Twombly, Doc Sportello, and Freddie Quell.
The question of wether it's a hoax or not is not that interesting. If you think that it is real it's semi-interesting. When it clumsily lifts its veil and strips down to nothing unknowingly exposing its true fake self, it stops being interesting. I liked the moral of the story but if it shows the reality of something then why does it all have to be made up?
This is just ridiculous, obviously an elaborate hoax, and totally silly, or they wouldn't have shown Britney Spear's labia (85:04) and hired an actor to play J.P.'s dad. I think When Herzog Rescued Phoenix is made up, too; there's no evidence to corroborate that it ever happened except that they both say so and I don't believe it. The cartoon is a nice companion piece, tho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDcnLfLaFiY
Fascinating project. Not always enjoyable - even quite tedious at times, but captivating in its own way nonetheless. Having watched it, I gained greater appreciation for it in the background reading, and dipping in to the true/false debates here and there. Some great clips from Letterman etc on YouTube for those interested in doing extra homework. Unique.