Currently starring in Napoleon, Joaquin Phoenix, 49, has an extremely rich career ahead of him with an Oscar in 2020 for Joker.
The actor has worked for the greatest directors, from James Gray (The Night Belongs to Us) to Ridley Scott (Gladiator) through Jacques Audiard (Les Frères Sisters), Woody Allen (The Irrational Man) or Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master).
The actor, whose partner’s orgasm forced him to leave the film, can boast of an almost perfect filmography with very few missteps. However, one feature film in particular stands out from the crowd as The Ugly Duckling. This is the worst movie starring Joaquin Phoenix according to audience ratings: It’s All About Love.
This work by Thomas Vinterberg disappointed the audience with a score of 2 out of 5 stars, making this romantic drama the worst performance of Joaquin Phoenix’s career. History will take us to the near future. Elena, played by Claire Danes, is a New York skater overwhelmed by fame, which has put her marriage in jeopardy.
She decides to hang up her skates, confronting her manager and two of his assistants. After cloning Elena to protect her back, they try to eliminate her. John (Joaquin Phoenix), her husband, who came from Poland for a divorce, helps her escape from them.
According to Lorenzo Fly, It’s All About Love is “An uninteresting film that gets lost in an incredible and rather clumsy script. The work tries to give itself a philosophical dimension about life and love, but it does not work or is grotesque.”
“Hard and Funny”
“But it’s so hard! It takes forever. It’s a real waste of time!”, claims Adkt. Xavierch adds that “This film is very beautiful, very aesthetic. But apart from that, I couldn’t understand much, I was terribly bored. I was still expecting some kind of answer, but no, nothing.
And how funny they walk in the snow (which by the way doesn’t get wet) with little coats and moccasins… it’s funny. Go on your way, there’s nothing to see.”
For his part, Flying_Dutch does not hide his words: “One wonders what Joaquin Phoenix and Sean Penn could have done with this joyous nonsense. Besides, they don’t seem convinced either. Only the director manages to follow himself and the film sinks into an uninteresting delirium.”
Among the mostly negative reviews, Chrischambers86 defends the film. “She’s as beautiful as she is Jean Cocteau And Thomas Vinterberg once again proves his talent as a director!
A beautiful and curious work that proves its originality through the subject it deals with. In addition, the interpretation is solid and convincing; Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes make a very beautiful couple in this funeral ballet.”
As for Gerard Deltaille, he’s mixed: The movie is hard to rate because it’s obviously silly, but it does have some great mystery sequences. Thomas Vinterberg, despite his talent, failed miserably with an incoherent script and rather pretentious imagination. Too bad because he had everything. The ingredients for a fascinating fantasy thriller.”
Finally, Oriva also expresses his caution: “So there I am, bewildered, completely confused. I don’t know what to think about this film at all. Let’s say that I did not understand everything, that I did not see the real purpose, but all this uncertainty managed to captivate me.
It is intriguing. Between being amazing and a huge failure, it’s a weird feeling. Joaquin Phoenix is great, but Claire Danes did better. Strange, fascinating, poetic, disturbing.”
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