Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Eric Roberts, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short. 148 min. Rated R. Comedy/Crime.
Semi-noir 70s mystery, about a hippie private investigator who gets involved in a convoluted case. I've seen quite a few movies, but it still took me awhile during this overlong movie to realize P.T. Anderson is doing something uniquely surreal: the detective is stoned. All he sees and hears are through the delusional perspective of a stoner. This adds a very rare comedic aspect to the film, and provides a playground for great performances. Similar to Anderson's Boogie Nights, I know this film will later grow on me; but for now, I need to be honest with my scoring.