Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot ★★★

A nicely laid-back tone and some editorial sleight of hand to some degree minimize the rankly sentimental nature of this biopic. I enjoyed spending time with its cantankerous cartoonist more than in, say, American Splendor, but there’s no avoiding the fundamentally trite nature of this story. Van Sant’s empathetic tendencies crop up time and again, making the mawkish moments feel more earned than they should. Truly bizarre casting as well… Hill and Phoenix seem to be playing each others’ obvious roles, whereas the otherworldly, angelic Mara truly seems as if she’s been flung out of space.