Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

This doc does a superb job of profiling the iconic actor. And the Parkinson’s is not a downer.

Thanks to Kyle Smith of the Wall Street Journal (The Sundance Film Festival: A Lively Market for Indie Cinema.) for first pointing out the doc out.

Trailer for “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”

There’s also an interest interview with Fox and the Director Davis Guggenheim and Editor Michael Harte here:

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  • My Rating: 98/100
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Ratings: 95/100 (Users); 98/100 (Critics)

Review of “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”

“Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, is available on Apple TV+.

It opens with Michael Fox stepping out in New York. He slips and falls outside his apartment. A kind stranger quickly assists him, setting the film’s intimate tone.

In the doc, Michael reflects humorously on his youth. He was always the shortest in his class.

He describes himself as “a little elf.”

These early memories introduce a light, reflective mood.

His career challenges are also highlighted, including a significant audition for “Ordinary People.” Robert Redford dismissed him while flossing his teeth during the audition.

A pivotal career moment involved Steven Spielberg and “Family Ties” producer Gary Goldberg. Spielberg needed approval to cast Michael in “Back to the Future,” replacing Eric Stoltz.

This film, along with “Teen Wolf,” reached the top box office spots. Both movies secured the number one and two positions simultaneously.

In his late 20s, Michael encountered a major life challenge. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Despite this, he maintained a 30-year sobriety streak.

He later returned to television with “Spin City,” cleverly hiding his trembling left arm. Initially, only his family knew of his condition.

Michael eventually went public with his Parkinson’s diagnosis. He began integrating his condition into his television characters. This move brought authenticity to his roles and changed how he was perceived.

Michael’s journey is a testament to resilience and determination.

“Still” effectively uses interviews, archival footage, and innovative reenactments. These elements weave together Michael’s past and present.

The doc highlights his enduring humor and charm despite challenges. It is more than just a documentary. It celebrates Michael J. Fox’s spirit and impact.

This detailed account showcases Michael’s resilience and the positivity he maintains amidst adversities. “Still” is both entertaining and inspiring. It leaves viewers with a deep appreciation for Michael’s contributions, both onscreen and off.

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Rob Kelly, Chief Maniac, Daily Doc