The Movie: 8/10
Everyone has a story, sob stories, triumphant stories, boring stories, and sometimes it’s strangely comforting to hear someone’s story that’s so much different from your own it makes you glad to be living your own life. I know it sounds really self absorbed, but it’s true, we all do it. Watching this movie is one of those lives of a real individual that made me glad to be me, in my body, in my own particular story.
A man, bitter because he was left by his mother to be adopted, still angry, still punishing himself for being a “reject”, gets himself into a situation where the unfortunate consequence is that he is left a paraplegic. The movie addresses that thing none of us really like to do, take responsibility for our own choices and the consequences of those choices, even if the outcome is fully unintended, terrible, heart breaking in our own lives. It also tends to be a bit on the forgiving side, a little bit sappy and at times it does pat the sob story on the back to reassure us it’s OK to feel sorry for ourselves once in a while. The thing is, it then pulls you back to a harsh reality, life is what it is and when shit happens you have to move forward or you are stuck forever.
Our leading man is in a wheel chair after a car crash. He was drunk and got into a vehicle with a drunk friend who drove them into a light pole. The story goes along as if he’s blaming everyone for his troubles, internally, with a lot of self destructive behavior to go with it. He then comes across an AA meeting and it changes his perspective. They have the right balance of understanding mixed with tough love, and as he goes through the steps he learns to let go, move on, and live a different kind of story. He takes charge of his life, becomes a recognized cartoonist, learns to forgive everyone, including himself.
It sounds like a movie of the week (if any of you know what that is..), but it’s elevated by the performances, by the interaction of the characters, and the real sense that in this life we choose our own destiny by nothing more than changing our attitude and how we view our circumstance. I like that.
- Inside The Accident (4 Minutes) – Gus Van Sant and crew look at the major stunt from the film.
- Inside The Hospital (5 Minutes) – Similar to the first featurette but with focus on the hospital set.
- Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate and an impressive 1080P AVC transfer. Filmed using the Arri Alexa at 4K this down-sampled image looks impressive aside from some heavy color grading that is more of a stylistic thing. Close up detail is very crisp and colors are rendered cleanly. This is a very good looking image you won’t be dissapointed with.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is not quite as impressive and falls in line with what I expect from this type of film. Surround activity is limited to background conversations and to provide ambiance in public situations. Dialog is clean and sharp and while the overall track is not impressive it is functional.
Overall Score 8/10