Don’t Worry...

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA - O’CON­NOR

Cert 15A; Now Show­ing

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, to give Gus Van Sant’s lat­est film its full ti­tle, is a line from a car­toon by its pro­tag­o­nist. John Cal­la­han (Joaquin Phoenix) was an Ore­gon-based car­toon­ist who found his true call­ing only af­ter he was left paralysed in a car ac­ci­dent at the age of 21. It’s a story about chronic al­co­holism and re­cov­ery, much lighter than the sub­ject mat­ter would sug­gest, but emo­tion­ally en­gag­ing all the same. In his best film for a while, Van Sant writes Cal­la­han as cheeky and rather ir­rev­er­ent and Phoenix is re­ally good in the role. Once Jonah Hill set­tles into his role as spon­sor Don­nie, he is re­ally good too and there are great turns from Jack Black and Beth Ditto. It will es­pe­cially ring bells for ad­dicts and their fam­i­lies, but it is an all-round en­joy­able watch.

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