30 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Michael J. Fox is still with us at the age of 61, even if the symptoms now are so bad he has retired from acting. This documentary offers a portrait of what his life looks like today. It’s also an entertaining retrospect of his TV and movie career, illustrated by clips that show us why we fell in love with Fox from the start, and cannily shot new footage that takes us behind the scenes of his meteoric rise and the years he spent trying to keep his disease hidden, resulting in immense pressure and alcoholism. One of Fox’s greatest challenges now is trying to slow down, for the sake of his own health; watching the star’s daily struggle is tough but uplifting, thanks to his never-yielding sense of humor.
2023-U.S. VOD. 95 min. Color. Produced by Will Cohen, Davis Guggenheim, Jonathan King, Annetta Marion. Directed by Davis Guggenheim.
Last word: “When I saw it, it was shocking to me, but I wasn’t hesitant to reveal it. I understand the idea of my face going blank or the lack of expression, but I don’t know what I look like. It’s not that it bothers me, but it’s a shock when you see it. People say, ‘So, you stumbled into the room and fell over. Were you shocked?’ I didn’t expect to fall over the furniture. Davis shot it so beautifully. It could have been confrontational, but it was cathartic. The camera was running all that time and people were like, ‘I can’t believe you collected all those images,’ but I thought it was great. I didn’t want to censor Davis and say, ‘Don’t do this and don’t do that.'” (Fox, Collider)