Inherent Vice Reviews
This movie is highly disjoint and very staccato in the way it comes across. It is supposed to depict 1970 and has some film noir style but doesn't depict any 1970 I remember. There are some real gross scenes and language. My mother in law walked out of the movie 20 minutes into it. My father in law walked out to join her 20 minutes later. My partner who picked the movie fell asleep with 30 minutes to go. This is a longgg movie, almost 2.5 hours. Most great film noir movies are 90 minutes top as it is tough to sustain "Dark" much longer. Also factually, it promotes a type of Los Angeles that didn't exist in those days. In this Los Angeles, there is heavy integration, with a black secretary, remember how big it was that Mannix the tv show had a black secretary in those days, and asians throughout. But Asian integration wasn't wide spread in those days.
Also, I'm not sure PT Anderson is that gifted a film director. Boogie Nights was a great movie, but Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love meandered and lost their way. The Master was an awful and ugly movie. There Will be Blood was overacted and had a ridiculously stupid ending. Maybe he is more PT Barnum than anything else.
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.