Boogie Nights Reviews
Still a memorable film.
Paul Thomas Anderson is a director I have a lot of respect for. I've kind of watched his career backwards, starting from Inherent Vice and, whilst I haven't quite seen all his work, I have to say his earlier stuff appeals to me more. Whilst 'Magnolia' is undoubtedly his masterpiece; one which I doubt he'll ever beat, movies like 'Boogie Nights' show him in his unrefined, yet most daring stage. Although this movie is way too long, and feels rather messy in its construction, it also demonstrates some of Anderson's most experimental work. The fluid camera movements, the excellent soundtrack, all backed up with some fantastic performances meant this was one hell of an entertaining ride. You feel the length (no pun intended), and it sometimes feels a little meandering in its plotting, but at the same time it manages to sweep you up into the chaos of this world. This is an endlessly enjoyable ride, and it's all the more fascinating when you compare this Anderson to the Anderson of today.
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Set against the backdrop of the porn industry in the San Fernando Valley, it neither glorifies nor demonizes the industry and it embodies America itself as it moved from the carefree hedonism and decadence of the late 1970s (which symbolically end here with a literal bang) to the ensuing consequences and malaise of the early 1980s.
We follow Eddie (aka Dirk Diggler) as he struggles with handling his new found fame & finding acceptance and a sense of family that he never got at home. We experience his highs & lows as well as that of everyone else as they struggle with their personal relationships, drug use and their place in a changing industry as the "art-form" essentially goes from classical music to dubstep.
Featuring a deep ensemble of characters that are all complex and well-developed, Boogie Nights weaves multiple story arcs seamlessly and uses contemporary music from the era to perfectly set the tone for each scene. As Eddie says in the beginning, "Everyone's blessed with one special thing", but this movie has everything going for it. Five stars only because there isn't a sixth star and I would give at least 4 stars to the Brock Landers/Chest Rockwell movies within the movie as well.
The premise seems rather unfashionable. The late 1970s adult entertainment industry.
The main star is Mark Wahlberg who begins the film in 1977 as teenager Eddie Adams. His life is literally a car crash. Further education is really not his forte rather fornication is!
No what I mean is he becomes adult entertainment star Dirk Diggler. Under the direction of Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) he becomes a top porn star.
The film isn't a porn fest rather it shoes the rapid rise of Diggler and the equally rapid fall due to drug misuse and age as the film focuses on the 1980s.
Featuring an excellent soundtrack of my childhood including the likes of 99 Red Balloons!
The cast is quite good including the already mentioned Wahlberg and Reynolds. Julianne Moore, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and William H. Macy who suffers a shocking end to the 1970s.
Directed by young filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson the 155 minute runtime is enjoyable.
Not since Scorsese' Goodfellas have the exhilaration of success and uncontrolable madness of defeat been captured this vividly in cinema.