Aroview: Shadowy and sympathetic look at cult American songwriter Daniel Johnston, whose quirky pop gems - covered by the likes of Sonic Youth, Beck, Wilco and Pearl Jam - form phantom reflections of his fundamentalist childhood, unrequited teenage loves and an unstable mental condition.
But dir. Feuerzeig crafts more than a portrait of a disturbed artistic hero, combining Johnston's self-documenting footage from the 1980s, re-enactments of key life moments and studies of the subject in subdued middle-age, to create a kind of magical cinematic harmony. Like CRUMB, this finally transcends its immediate appeal to fans, to create a humanist study of 'outsiderness' and the often unruly personal backdrop of genius.
4 stars (Very Good) Fascinating journey through the rise and fall (and rise?) of one of the most intriguing and original music (and visual) artists since Bob Dylan. A must see for those who enjoy the likes of Searching for Sugarman.~Tom H