This definitely had a really intriguing premise. Even though it was a mockumentary, Joaquin Phoenix went method for this movie, so it is definitely one of the most realistic mockumentaries that you can probably find.
Phoenix's performance was really great. I thought it was really convincing, and if I hadn't known beforehand, I would have probably thought that this was a real documentary. The dialogue was also very organic, not feeling like a mockumentary, but more of a slice-of-life documentary.
Most of the camerawork was pretty good, and fitting for a documentary, however some shots did not pay attention to lighting or headspace. There were some parts that were really funny and some parts that were really intense. The shining moments of the film were the parts involving conflict between J.P. and Anton. There were, however, parts that dragged really badly. The biggest issue with a mockumentary about a rapper, though, is that Joaquin Phoenix really can't rap. I understand including two or three scenes of his rapping to make that point, but I think there were just too many music scenes included.
Overall, I think that this was a relatively interesting look into what could happen if a celebrity becomes arrogant. The story behind its development is really cool, but otherwise, this isn't something you need to rush out to see.
I'm Still Here
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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