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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot Blu-ray Review

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“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” is all over the place.

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” is a biopic on the late paraplegic cartoonist John Callahan. The movie takes an nontraditional approach to telling his life story by jumping around in time from his life before the accident and after the accident. The plot is largely about his struggle with alcoholism and his journey in trying to better himself both physically and mentally via the 12 step program, physical therapy, finding his calling as a cartoonist, and finding love.

For decades now, writer/director Gus Van Sant has had a varied career doing indie films, more mainstream fare and downright arty films. “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” lands somewhere in the middle of all of this. It’s accessible in that it’s a biopic, but the way it’s presented and constructed is more arty…and frustrating. The film’s biggest detriment is the structure. The editing is chaotic and quick, the story jumps around in time constantly, and many subplots are introduced which jerk the story around in so many directions. One minute it’s a story about alcoholism and the next it’s about finding yourself. As a result of all of this, the movie doesn’t gel the way it should. I get that Gus Van Sant is going for a sort of vignette style approach with the life of John Callahan, but the way it’s cut together is just maddening. It gives off the impression that not even Van Sant knows what he wants to focus on.

One thing is for certain, the cast is great. Joaquin Phoenix commits to the role of John Callahan as one might expect. He continues to show his fascinating versatility. The biggest surprise here is a nearly unrecognizable Jonah Hill as the bearded spiritual sponsor Donny. He really shows off his dramatic range and continues to grow as an actor. While not having as much to do, Rooney Mara and Jack Black have memorable supporting roles as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? While a little fuzzy for my liking, the transfer is largely crisp.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Far from the most dynamic track, but it does the job.

Extras: * Digital copy * Lionsgate trailers * “Inside The Accident”- A behind-the-scenes look at the accident sequence * “Inside The Hospital”- A featurette on the creation of the hospital featured in the film.

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October 6, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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