Film

Hip hop hoax

OUT NOW! I'M STILL HERE lands with an air of annoyance and not much more.

Affleck’s documentary of Phoenix after he quit acting and decided to become a hip-hop artist has long been revealed as a fake, Phoenix’s decision a fiction. Endless scenes of Phoenix high, drunk, paranoid and obnoxious are interspersed with Sasha Baron Cohen-esque bits in which Phoenix puts people who are not in on the hoax on the spot. As a record of a mission to self-destruct, this might have been fascinating. The way various VIPs react to Phoenix’s plan to leave the glitzworld says a whole lot about how that world works and why it’s even there. Unfortunately, the film’s annoyingness completely obscures whatever interesting points it might have to make.

I´M STILL HERE | Directed by Casey Affleck (USA 2010) with Joaquin Phoenix. Opens August 11