Joaquin Phoenix is "Still Here"
From Commodus in "Gladiator," to Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line," to… rapper?
Joaquin Phoenix finally graces the big screen once again in "I'm Still Here," a documentary about Phoenix becoming a rapper and leaving the acting world entirely. The documentary was released on Friday, Sept. 10, only through limited release.
The documentary, filmed and directed by Phoenix's brother-in-law Casey Affleck, goes in-depth from the beginning of his personal struggle to becoming what he truly believes he could be: a rapper.
Though Phoenix is recognized for his great achievements as an actor, especially after being a two-time Academy Award nominee, this whole new persona will wipe your memories clean of who you may have thought Phoenix really was. The documentary has a running time of about two hours and has no rating, so come prepared. There is full frontal nudity, foul language, and drug use for days in this piece of work.
In spite of the fact that Phoenix takes this rapper career entirely serious, this "act" will definitely bring the laugh-out-loud moments in the movie theater. Trust me, you won't be the only one laughing. At one point, Phoenix actually jumps into the crowd during his performance at a club in Miami, when a club-goer rubs him the wrong way. The behavior is indeed bizarre, but the crowd at the club loves every minute of it, chanting "Joaquin! Joaquin!" while he is being escorted out of the club.
The popularity of this documentary so far is due to Phoenix's perseverance to try and become a rapper. It is the immediate appeal and amusement for the audience, but they also get to experience what Phoenix is really dealing with between the laughter.
The end of the film definitely takes a bit of a serious turn when Phoenix is left disappointed and lost after his club performance in Miami. He returns to Panama where his father lives in search of some peace and serenity. The documentary ends quite abruptly but continues exactly what Phoenix probably desired for in the first place, questionability.
Joseph Campanelli, 27, a freelance artist, voiced his opinion on what he thought about the documentary stating, "I wouldn't recommend it to the average person, but if you enjoyed his antics you might have seen on Youtube, you might get a few laughs out of the movie. But other than that, it's sort of a rambling unsatisfying film. It sort if feels like there's a joke going on that you're not in on."
Though the reviews may be mixed, it was a well-put production and will somewhat serve its purpose. But will Phoenix be back, or is he still serious about becoming a rapper? The door is open for a sequel, but we'll just have to wait and see what he has in store for us next.