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STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie (2023)

Apple TV's documentary of the life and times of Michael J Fox, one of history's biggest movie stars and inarguably the World's most famous Parkinson's fighter.

"Nice to meet you too, you knocked me off my feet!"

This is an accomplished piece of work and it had to be, chronologically documenting Fox's career from infant to the present day, his struggles as an actor when starting out in Hollywood, through phenomenal box office success, to a period of high personal hardship again as the disease takes hold of his entire world at the height of his career at a mere 29-years-old.

Not a studio executives plan, but a conscious decision by Fox to speak out now, predominantly about the rollercoaster ride he became used to following the successes of Back To The Future (Eric Stoltz must still be kicking himself, even now) and Teenwolf etc, his continuing love for his wife and occasional co-star Tracy Pollan, and the polarising effect that such a debilitating condition from which he suffers takes its toll on a life previously so stratospheric and incredible.

With regular up and close personal conversation, the film flirts with both his life on screen and the increasing demands to remain there as his Parkinson's progresses, intruding on his professional career, this continually likeable individual pulls no punches about his life, when it might have been easier to ignore it or keep it private, as he tried to do for so long.

The over-riding message filtering through this often poignant walk down memory lane is Fox's determined, undaunted character, his continued humour, charm and generosity of spirit, meeting Tracy at just the right time to ground him when even his own visits to old friends and family couldn't.

He mentions the thought that his remarkable success ultimately had a cost and that his disease may have been the price he had to pay. A ridiculous notion of a younger age, maybe, but it helped him comprehend his reality, it seems. Now, clearly less at odds with himself, understanding maybe more the man he is today, despite and not because of Parkinsons, we're treated to an honest and often beautiful, moving snapshot of a continuing wondrous life.


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