Easily the best documentary I've ever seen. It tells the life story of an artist/musician with serious mental illness, beginning with his very early childhood and continuing until the present day. I've never heard of Daniel Johnston before, and I while I found his artwork and music funny, I didn't see the so-called genius in his work; I drew pictures much like his all through elementary and high school and I was called a loser, so it's obvious people obsess over his work because he's sick. Nevertheless, the documentary is terrific. Some of this guy's antics would be absolutely hilarious if they weren't so tragic. The movie is presented in a straightforward, unbiased fashion (uncommon with such self-indulgent, self-righteous rubbish as Super Size Me and Fahrenheit 9/11 dominating the documentary scene these days) At times you feel sorry for this guy, at times you're laughing at him, at times you genuinely like him, and at others you're terrified of him. It's a great film.
|9/10||newscott13@ - 400 reviews|
12.7.2006 - age: 26-35 - 5 replies
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