Conclusion: Would I'm Still Here be better if it wasn't a put on, if it followed a real decline into delusion and self-destruction? It would certainly be sadder. As it stands, the mockumentary seems merely self-indulgent.
Excerpt: The Film If you've ever had even the most minor crush on Joaquin Phoenix, I'm Still Here should clear up that business up pretty damn quick. Here, the actor crosses that fine line between being funny and being a total a-hole.
Excerpt: There are 6.8 billion people on this planet and most of them don’t know who you are and don’t want to. Maybe you’ll be famous, maybe you’ll be on television, but those people will still never know the real you. At best they’ll only know the public you.
Excerpt: Ever since Joaquin Phoenix announced he was quitting acting in order to pursue a career in hip-hop, the entertainment world has been asking whether he was engaging in some sort of elaborate prank, an Andy Kaufman-esque performance-art stunt.
Summary: I’m Still Here echoes Exit From The Gift Shop in its ability to provoke conversations about its truthfulness that dwarf examination of its subject matter, and for many folks like myself this happened before reaching the theatre.