Year of Release: 2010
Director: Casey Affleck
Approx. Running Time: 108 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"TERRIFYING, NEAR-BRILLIANT EXPOSÉ... [JOAQUIN PHOENIX,] THE BRANDO OF HIS GENERATION."
-Time Out New York
"IT'LL KNOCK YOU SIDEWAYS. I COULDN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF I'M STILL HERE."
Oscar-nominated actor Casey Affleck in his directorial debut together with fellow Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix blow the roof off of conventional filmmaking in this unique and groundbreaking experimental project. Joaquin gives a powerful performance as "JP," an out of control Hollywood celebrity who commits career suicide in announcing that he is "retiring" from acting, while at the top of his game, to become a hip-hop star. JP shuts himself off from the protection and better judgement of his agent, manager and publicist, and sets out on a jaw-dropping journey into a decadent frenzy of sex, drugs and outrageousness, as he tries desperately to break away from his old celebrity personato develop his rap career. Mired in self-doubt and harsh criticism from the media, he struggles to find his identity.
"TOTAL JAW-DROPPER... RIVETING... IS THAT CINEMATIC CAR ACCIDENT YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR EYES FROM."
-Film Journal International
"Affleck uses Phoenix's descent to forge a riveting - and, in its way, cautionary - case study of a celebrity self-destructively addicted to his own psychodrama."
The first time I watched this movie (though I'm not sure "movie" is the right word for it), I just kept repeating the words "what the fuck" from beginning to end. The second time I watched it (with the commentary from Phoenix, Casey Affleck and other "stars" of the film), I said "what the fuck" fewer times but I'm still not sure what to make of it.
I'm giving it 3 stars until I can figure it out.
Rated R (MPAA)