The life and times of Michael J. Fox, the actor best known for his roles in “Family Ties,” “Back to the Future,” and “Spin City,” have been documented in Davis Guggenheim’s intimate survey. The documentary highlights Fox’s 80s heyday, where he was “bigger than bubblegum,” and compares it to his current daily struggles with Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 1991.
A Boyish Scamp
The title of the documentary, “Still Me,” has a dual meaning. On the one hand, it reminds us that Fox is still the boyish scamp from “Back to the Future.” On the other hand, it alludes to one of his defining attributes: a nervous, skittery energy that, while integral to his characters, must now be restrained lest it cause him serious physical injury.
The Unhumbled Fighter
Despite Fox’s condition and the mobility problems that come with it, he remains fearlessly unhumbled. In fact, one of his stipulations before consenting to this film was that it would have “no violins.” The documentary shows Fox’s resilience against his condition, and how he continues to push through despite the challenges.
A Heartening End
By the end of the documentary, viewers are left feeling inspired by Fox’s resilience and fighting spirit. While he may get knocked down, he always gets back up. The whole flipping orchestra is well-deserved for someone who continues to face life’s challenges head-on.