Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot - Or will he?
Whenever I see Joaquin Phoenix in a movie, I am interested.
I tend to swipe away my updates for Amazon, Netflix etc. on new content as I am usually at work & will most likely forget. In this instance, I was sitting on my couch contemplating playing PS4 when my phone vibrated in my pocket letting me know there’s been some new additions to the selection on Amazon. The very first title was ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ with an image of Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara & Jack Black. I said to my girlfriend “This film looks good”, she replied “Let’s watch it”. I then said “What? Now?” & her response was “Yes, now. There’s no time like the present because that’s all we have”. Before I knew it the Sonos Beam soundbar was turned on & corn was being popped.
Based purely on the movie advertisement image/poster I had a pretty good idea that this wasn’t going to be your usual worldwide man-hunt with 72 explosions, a briefcase full of hard cash & a super car. The film spoke out to me immediately as being one where you take the time to watch it, understand it, feel it. The movie gripped me in such a way that I was completely devoid of everything around me. I was utterly involved with the characters I was watching. Joaquin Phoenix plays John Callahan who was given up as a baby, adopted by people who regularly reminded him of that, started drinking at the age of 13 all the way up until his life-changing accident at the age of 21 & discovery of his talent, which he gave up drinking for, among other thing’s. It is by no means a ‘light’ movie, but I wouldn’t put it in the ‘heavy’ bracket either. It’s based on a true story, so it gives you that distinct taste of reality & morality.
Joaquin Phoenix is a captivating actor. He is pure class through & through. I remember watching a movie called ‘Her’, which I was very skeptical about at the start, but as it went on/by the end I felt thoroughly nourished by his exceptional talent to convince & portray his life/role as if it were real. He has this innate ability to act, emote, draw you in. Something that you just cannot teach.
One performance I was very surprised with was Jonah Hill’s. I am so use to him playing an idiot/joker that it became his mandatory role, if you will. However, my opinion changed when I watched this movie & for the better.
Rooney Mara gave a solid performance also & Jack Black, no matter what people may say, does have acting prowess. Even if his moments were brief, they were well delivered.
An excellent balance has been struck here with deep meaningful story-telling & humour. The director had a seriously tough challenge to overcome & I take my hat off to Gus Van Sant as he executed it with, dare I say, perfection. Not one fault comes to mind. On top of all the excellent qualities it already has, I walked away with my faith re-restored in great movies & movie making. I say ‘re-restored’ because films such as these do come around now & again. Not as often as I would like & maybe there’s a reason for that. Perhaps it happens in the way it does so we can fully appreciate what has been provided on the rare occasion a movie like this is released. This is (obviously) something that I don’t know, but what I do know is that ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ is a must watch & I am glad it exists.