Joaquin Phoenix gives a brilliantly-nuanced performance as Pynchon's anti-hero private eye. It's odd because you'll walk out likely-unable to connect the story, but you'll remember distinct scenes. And that's about as much plot as you're going to get out of me. How does he get to Mount Rushmore? Asking the audience to survive for 2 hours and 28 minutes on quaker oats rice cakes is like feeding professional athletes the same nutritional content for nearly 3 months and then expecting them to be able to perform at maximum potential. Â In helping Shasta, Doc not only goes on a search for Wolfmann, but others who go missing, including Shasta, and one who is assumed to be murdered. Unerwartet taucht die Ex von Schnüffler Doc Sportello auf und faselt was von einer irren Story: Sie hat sich in einen milliardenschweren Immobilienmakler verliebt, und daraufhin will nun dessen Ehefrau mit ihrem Freund den Milliardär kidnappen und in die Klapsmühle stecken… na, sie kann ja viel erzählen.
Unless you're a superhuman, you won't have the memory or attention span to understand the plot. Confidential, but with the comedic antics of a Cheech and Chong film or an episode of Gilligan's Island. I was fortunate enough to see this at the 52nd New York Film Festival; the centerpiece of this year's festival, Paul Thomas Anderon's Inherent Vice adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name will no doubt divide critics and audiences. There isn't any character beyond caricature. Able to hold you over until this goes limited in December, or for some of you, wide in January. This immersive, unflinching approach allows you to become invested in the performances.
To watch actors dryly deliver page after page of plot that no one comprehends or is interested in while they imitate the acting style of old Hollywood noir films and stoner comedies is not why I go to the movies. Lots of non cut a aways. Martin Short appears for a scene that many I know are already considering to be the film's funniest; Owen Wilson plays a great character whose very nature I find hilarious; Katherine Waterston is excellent as Shasta, being morose and desperate. Robert Elswit's cinematography is as excellent as his previous collaborations with Anderson as he manages to capture the long, strange trip into the underbelly of Los Angeles. Parts got laughs but they were widely dispersed in a film that just felt like it wouldn't end. Doc's adventures are almost episodic, and connecting the dots from A to B to.
He has opinions, he's far more active and realistic than The Dude. Anderson's perspective of Los Angeles in the Seventies has been shown before in Boogie Nights in all its hedonistic glory, but in the case of Inherent Vice, he manages to capture the mood of L. That being said, there is something about the overall tone and production design of the film that sticks. Not more than 10 minutes in, excited as I was to see this movie, I thought maybe I was loosing my smarts. The characters are supposed to be funny but I just found them bizarre. Temper your expectations, take the trailer with a grain of salt, and I'll see you on-line when it opens again--I need to see it again! I don't know, but it's great. It's the yin to Boogie Nights' yang, to get metaphorical.
In describing Inherent Vice, Anderson has made reference to all kinds of classic detective stories and zany comedies. Just didn't feel natural, the pace of duologue awkward, and Phoenix, much as I love the guy, he looked like he was acting. Also, the music of Neil Young's Harvest album adds an emotional depth to the romantic interludes between Doc and the women in his life. Among the other actors who fill out the film, Reese Witherspoon as an assistant D. It's an interesting choice, and one that didn't immediately strike me upon first viewing. The movie was terribly boring and meant nothing.
Unlike his last collaboration with Anderson on The Master, Phoenix reigns in his eccentricity with a relaxed, yet stoned, approach and manages to not make Sportello into a cliched character of the counterculture thanks to the sharp wit and dialogue of Anderson's screenplay. In helping Shasta, Doc not only goes on a search for Wolfmann, but others who go missing, including Shasta, and one who is assumed to be murdered. I feel bad for anyone who naively walks into this film looking for something to enjoy and laugh at. The supporting players are equally on their game, but they have such little screen time it really boils down to Phoenix and Brolin. Â Shasta believes Wolfmann is the target of an abduction attempt by his wife and her lover. It's fragmented, maybe like Doc's mind as he's stoned, but it isn't exactly a first-person view we're getting. He is approached by ex-lover Shasta Fay Hempworth, who believes her current boyfriend, married land developer Mickey Wolfmann, is the target of an abduction attempt by his wife and her lover.
Even those scenes though, may have subverted your expectations. It's ambitious in the way that it's so plain but also strange, only many will have a hard time deciphering between art and bullshit. And I even read the book! Even if you end up liking it which I personally would not understand you'll see what I mean. It's as if it's deliberately convoluted, like Anderson doesn't want us to know what's going on, or at least doesn't want us to care. Jonny Greenwood, in his third collaboration with Anderson as composer, creates a score that mirrors the Noir-fashioned sounds of Jerry Goldsmith mixed with the psychedelic sounds of the Laurel Canyon music scene of the early Seventies. Paul Thomas Anderson is a great filmmaker when he uses his own voice, and thankfully this film is the only exception to that. Immediately, the plot starts rolling.
Paul, You are a brilliant artist who has created the impossible with your movies. Now, it may come into conflict with what I've just said, but to me, Inherent Vice isn't particularly hilarious. Brolin plays Bigfoot as a straight man whose anger can burst out in comical brilliance. Larry Sportello - better known as Doc - is a pot head hippie private eye based in Gordita Beach in southern California. His incredible tracking shots in Boogie Nights are replaced with more subtle long takes that will sometimes follow the action, but often stay nearly-static on a conversation for minutes.