I see why Joaquin was nominated for an Oscar.

I gave the movie 85 out of 100.

I'm glad I didn't see it at a cinema.

A fellow Toastmaster was a member of Scientology. The subject matter was interesting to me. Because of Tom Cruise, I bought Niacin pills for when I went into the sauna.

The cinematography was above average, if not excellent. (The same can be said about Far From Heaven (2002) Julianne Moore, Dennis Haysbert)

Ropes of "boring" pulled my consciousness but I was still fascinated.

The film wasn't moving enough. Two men needing each other is profound but it's done far better in Of Mice and Men (1992) (John Malkovich and Gary Sinise). Has to be in my top 100 films ever. If you haven't seen it, see Of Mice and Men. We used to do it in high school speech competitions for dramatic interp and duet acting.

I have to close with: Joaquin Phoenix displayed some cream of the crop acting chops.