Saturday, January 10, 2015

Inherent Vice (2014)

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.

Mo says:


  1. I enjoyed the movie but agree it will improve with age.

  2. Paul Thomas Anderson :"You're either going to think, My head's going to explode and I give up, or, My head's going to explode and it feels kind of fuzzy. I wanted the same for the film."
    No surprize if we didn not get much from the movie. Filmmaker wants to creat a blurred vision !

    1. P.T. Anderson is a great director, but I think he was a little unfair to his fans with this movie. He's expecting too much of us, without giving us any clue.