Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
After Portland slacker John Callahan (Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. Eventually, he reluctantly enters treatment, with encouragement from his girlfriend (Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Hill). It’s there that Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, politically incorrect newspaper cartoons that develop an international following, and grant him a new lease on life. Though controversial, and a magnet for complaints from angry readers, wheelchair user Callahan uncompromisingly explored taboo subjects in his work. Phoenix and the talented ensemble cast are superb, and Van Sant creates a compelling portrait of man who found the will to live through his art.
One of [Van Sant’s] best, a life-affirming sweet-and-sour concoction that recalls such crowd-pleasers as Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester. – Peter Debruge, Variety
In a terrific performance that encompasses countless attitudinal, emotional and physical shifts, Joaquin Phoenix eases into the lead role with equal parts raw pain, ironic humor and eventual mellow acceptance. – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Travelling Film Festival Newcastle, June 22 - 24: Tickets also available for Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot at TFF Newcastle.