Inherent Vice Reviews
Now, there will be people who say that this movie is horrible. I won't argue. There will be those who say this is the best film ever made. I won't argue with them either. Paul Thomas Anderson has never made films that are for the regular viewing audience, and as such he's never really had a film that everyone everywhere agrees on (the closest he's had thus far has been "Boogie Nights").
Me personally, I think he's wonderful filmmaker, and one of my absolute favorite artists working today. But he's not everyone's cup of tea. The same could be said about this film.
Film noir has always interested me in their use of shadow and atmosphere. What's interesting here is that Anderson flips the formula for how film noir is made. There's no heavy shadows or booze-addled detectives. Rather there's bright colors, a breazy and surreal atmosphere, and a cast of hilarious characters, including our hippie hero, Doc.
Joaquin Phoenix plays a hippie private detective drawn into a convoluted mystery by an ex-girlfriend, which leaves him butting heads with Josh Brolin as a cartoonishly hard-assed police detective nicknamed 'Bigfoot'.
All in all, it's a fun ride and I would definitely suggest tracking it down.
This is from a novel by Thomas Pynchon. I tried and failed to read one of his things once, The Crying of Lot 49, or some such and didn't get very far with it thinking it "Hippie Lit" which is not my thing at all. But I know he's probably great. . .whatever.
Anyway. I watched thing in two different pieces and but by the last hour, it's rather long, was more interested in looking at Facebook on my phone than what was going on with the movie.
I think one would be much better off watching a good movie by this director and star, The Master. But who knows? Different people like different stuff and I notoriously don't like most stuff.
Good acting and interesting story.
It's logic is hard to follow and as a viewer you become more engaged in the main character's emotions and his spiritual journey than the narrative structure of the film. The Plot is deliberately disjointed which may loose some audience members, but it's worth sticking around for the performances of the cast, the engaging cinematography and Paul Thomas Anderson's direction.
Paul Thomas Anderson creates a thought-provoking and mesmerizing film with a distinctive atmosphere created through themes of paranoia and escapism. What stands out for me is the impressive dialogue and how it flows naturally with each conversation. Great writing, great direction and great performances from the main cast. In addition to this, Inherent Vice shows off a wide range of successful shots featuring a 'slow zoom' which makes each scene it's diploid in feel more personal, almost like you're there involved in the conversation yourself.
It's a film left open to interpretation and my understanding is that it is a film about the emotions of the main character, not the events that occur and it's a film that's meant to be experienced, not understood.