Last few months I've been turning a random Inherent Vice scene on before bed, watch it as I drift off. Magnolia's final moment is important in PTA's ouevre, Reilly's voice obscured sonically by Mann's music & further distracted by image of Claudia experiencing, for the 1st time, happiness. Exploring this overload is the project of IV. I'm on board and the resulting inscrutable clarity is legit Pynchon-esque. Love it.
I admired this when I watched it, but it faded in my memory. I assume that what captivated me here was merely an attitude. That PTA, whose films are always in search of maximum effects, would conceive such a disjointed piece of filmmaking, a film that doesn't hold up in any degree. I consider now that it might be subversive, but only of a premeditated subversion, a publicity stunt.
The performances are all excellent (Phoenix and Brolin are perfect), and Anderson's ambition can't be faulted. But at two hours, what was an evocative, creative lark of a novel becomes lumbering, and for some strange reason, Anderson pulls back his shameless expressiveness, rendering the whole thing inert. Great moments exit, but the viewer's fatigue at the end is very real.
“Inherent Vice” has a hard time coming after two of the most critically lauded (at least in the cinephile spheres) American films from the 21st century from PTA. It’s hard to compare it to those unquestionable leaps of sheer ambition and raw, pure cinema, but it shouldn’t be so easily dismissed because of this. In it’s own way, it may stand on par with those two films, despite being lighter and less serious.
Vice is psychedelic in the true sense, in the way few things are - constantly eliciting the possibility of greater meaning, swirling, hazily always out of grasp. Its politics might be stoned ramblings about "them" selling us the disease AND the cure, but who today can connect all the syndicates, nazis and spies. I must add this has some of the most miraculous lighting and colour I have ever seen on film
Thomas Anderson & Joaquin Phoenix, dupla de oro del cine actual. Versatilidad y carácter en una película que continúa implícitamente con el anterior film de ambos "The Master", el sueño americano podrido por las drogas duras, las fiestas y la paranoia de las sectas.
Im'a give it a 5 because it belongs in the PTA cannon as proof the guy's ambitions know no limits. I read that people 'don't get the plot', which I think totally misses the mark. PTA creates atmospheres you can sit in and inhabit, often on a fairly small budget. Inherent Vice is a filmmaker stretching their scope in all kinds of new directions. I like spending time in this world - and that's the point (maybe?)