September 27, 2012
A PAINFUL JOURNEY DEPICTING THE HEALING OR DESTRUCTIVE POWERS OF A CULT. ACADEMY AWARD PERFORMANCES BY JOAQUIN PHOENIX AND PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN.
Masterful, brilliant performances imbue this torturous saga of self-discovery; a struggle to chastise demons, doubts, destroying one's mental, psychological, physical path to health and inner peace...
Joaquin Phoenix, in a role, likely never to be repeated, is "Freddie Quell" suffering from post-traumatic?stress-disorder, largely undiagnosed after World War II; a veteran of the Pacific front, he is a misfit, volatile, alcoholic, working as a department store photographer in 1950. Phoenix in his every gesture, smile, walk is frightening, illuminating in depicting Freddie's paranoia and combustibility; he shrinks, getting thinner, skeletal as as his psychosis deepens throughout the film...
THREE STARS & 1/2 STARS!!!
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