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Inherent Vice (2014)

US 149m, Colour
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson; Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom

inherentviceBased on the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, Inherent Vice is the nearly incomprehensible story of a 1970s era hippie PI whose investigations of a series of related events is complicated by the fact that he is likely stoned, most if not all of the time. If this film had family, I would argue that Big Sleep (1946) and The Long Goodbye (1973) were its parents, and its French cousin is named Alphaville (1965). This film is endlessly watchable if you are a film geek looking for references, otherwise it is probably best to avoid, especially if you are operating heavy machinery (Klaus Ming February 2015).

2 comments on “Inherent Vice (2014)

  1. Dan O.

    It’s quite odd, but for some reason, I loved that about it. Even if, you know, I didn’t fully know what it all meant when it was over. Good review Klaus.

  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    There’s another group who should see this movie, which is people who have read the book recently. Some scenes and some actors are absolutely perfect — better than I could have hoped for. That isn’t what makes a good movie — but it is a kick. There could not be a better Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd than Martin Short. Also true of Josh Brolin, and pretty much of Reese Witherspoon.

    And Martin Donovan is so great in his one scene that i ended up not minding that most of his (great) dialogue was cut. That’s why novels need more words than movies — you can cut a lot of words if you have great acting.

    Anyway, if you think of it as a series of illustrations of scenes from the book — you know, as opposed to an actual movie — it’s really fun.

    By the way, another possible parent is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (an obvious influence on the book, and hey, Benicio del Toro plays Doc’s lawyer).

    I just complained about the script on my blog, though.

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