Probably not worth the effort, time, or commitment - nonetheless, Joaquin turns in one of the best performances of his career. This freak-show attraction may have been more fun to watch as it happened in the tabloids than in the actual "film". The resulting movie is shallow and not very enlightening. What they pull off is still a marvel in misdirection and real-life performance. An insane movie that deserves more.
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.