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posted by April 15 at 12:30 PMon
Since the movie has been out for a year, The Devil and Daniel Johnston has been praised plenty for so successfully portraying the mind, the heart, the friends, and the family of the crazy genius named Daniel Johnston. But despite the consistent glowing reviews for the film, I didn’t get around to watching it until this past week. Now, I can’t shake it; it was a very moving documentary.
Here’s what Annie Wagner had to say about it:
The movie smoothly suggests that no matter how controlling Johnston’s friends and family may seem, they’re working for a cause they believe in. Johnston, meanwhile, does his part to disrupt the easy equation of madness and genius by enthusiastically witnessing at a hipster-packed in-store on behalf of the Lord.
The documentary is hopeful and disturbingópart celebration of Johnston’s achievements, part warning to keep your delusional bipolar friends off acid.
The movie’s most heart-breaking moment, and the moment that it all hit home for me, was when Johnston’s mother sadly said at the end “I guess I want the impossible; I want Daniel to be whole.”
So if you, like me, have always always managed to skip over it at the movie store (or Netflix or whatever), perhaps this weekend is your weekend to change that. It’s Sunday, and the Modest Mouse show is sold out. What else are you gonna do?