Following his breakout performance as Alex P. Keaton in the 1982 comedy Family Ties, Michael J. Fox reached the height of Hollywood popularity in the 1980s. He became untouchable because to the time-traveling series Back to the Future and Rod Daniels’ Teen Wolf; his flawless comic timing and fashionable appearance made him a fan favourite on late-night television.

When he thought he was on top of the world, or at the very least the Hollywood Hills, he would be confronted with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological condition that results in unintentional and uncontrollable movements like shaking, stiffness, and problems with balance and coordination.

The always upbeat actor reflects on his breakthrough in Hollywood and how he has adjusted to life with a chronic disease in the most recent Apple TV+ documentary directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim.

A Michael J. Fox Film (English) Still
Davis Guggenheim is the director.
cast includes Danny Irizarry, Hannah Galway, Tracy Pollan,

94 minutes total
Story: A small boy from a Canadian army post rises to fame as an international pop culture icon in the 1980s, only for a startling diagnosis to change the trajectory of his life. The actor, an unrelenting optimist, is compelled to deal with an untreatable illness.

As the actor sits down to recount his life’s events, his charisma and comic timing, which launched his career, are on full show. Guggenheim starts a dialogue with the actor who has no concerns about discussing his job choices, personal life, and activism using his 2020 book No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality as a model.

The actor stumbles and falls to the ground following a friendly meeting with a fan very early in the video. One cannot help but feel powerless and devastated even if he is quick to dismiss it with a really hilarious joke and carry on with his routine. The audience may agree with Michael, who emphasises that this documentary is not an attempt to elicit sympathy since it has the sense of the actor’s philosophical exploration of the meaning of life, almost as if he was expecting their response.

Michael begins his narrative by discussing his choice to leave school and go from Canada to the United States in order to pursue his acting career. He remembers his days of living in a small flat and how he was able to get his big break on the Family Ties set. When he talks about his time travelling between the Back to the Future movie and the comedy sets, there is still a hint of joy in his voice. Prior to developing Parkinson’s disease, he had no idea what the word “still” meant, he jokes in a conversation with Guggenheim.

Until 1998, the actor kept his illness a secret, but seeing old trailers for films like Life With

When discussing his marriage to Tracy Pollan, Michael is amiable, and when footage from their living room is shown, his joy for his family overflows the screen.

The editing of Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie is what truly distinguishes it from its peers. The usage of clips from Michael’s movies that are evocative of his real-life emotions and reactions superimposed over his narration gives the idea that Michael portrayed himself via his characters all along, even if it includes the traditional set of re-enactments, archive material, and talking head shots.

 

 

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