This is PT Anderson's Long Goodbye. I am not familiar with the source material but what Anderson brought to the screen here is nothing short of brilliant, perfectly complimented by this great ensemble of actors lead by the redeemed Joaquin Phoenix.
As a kitsch puzzle, Inherent Vice is a strong 2-hour-long entertainment. It discusses the american promisse of the 70s dream and I dig it. By the way: what an interesting atmosphere: it's noir, it's california, it's woodstock, it's a cop show: all tight together in a story built for fun. Thumbs up, Doc.
A set of great comical performances (Brolin, Short & Chau are the highlights to me) that doesn't quite work as a whole. The narrator, Sortilège, is the most enigmatic element. She exists as a character in some scenes, yet seems to float in and out of them against all logic. When she voice-overs it rarely clarifies the convoluted plot, existing more like Doc's conscience so that he can directly address the audience.
kill all hippies. there are very interesting politic ideas. the film is a mess - which is not necessarily bad - and quite often just feels flat. there is some mastery in the filmmaking, good acting and everything.. an ok film for a break or something.
By far my favorite P.T. Anderson film and my favorite film roles for Joaquin Phoenix (he was made for this part) and Josh Brolin (the penultimate scene was comically brilliant and had me laughing hysterically.) The exquisite cinematography perfectly summons the vibes of L.A. ca. 1970 and I appreciated the inclusion of Can and Neil Young. Most mystifying noir, didn't dig it till after several close viewings.
I'm starting to become a little tired of this American nostalghia for the hippie period. It was 50 years ago and the sole beneficiaries of that period were drug dealers. Now Joaquin Phoenix gives a tremendous performance in Inherent Vice and this is the only reason for me to recommend this film.
Trying to adapt a Pynchon novel is no easy feat. While this isn't PTA's best, it's an intuitive adaptation that shines within its niche. I hope this director continues with his cinematic contrarianism, no matter who does or doesn't warm to it. Hollywood needs its outsiders more than ever.
3,5. Damn son... The cast envolves you in a good but confusing trip. Needs 100% effort from the spectator. Incredible cast. Serious "cult movie" contender in a couple of years. Feels like 'Big Lebowsky' but way trippier. Jonny fucking Greenwood: DAT OST.