Saturday, May 30, 2015

Film Review - Inherent Vice (2015)

Inherent Vice is written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and is based off the novel by Thomas Pynchon and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc a hippie PI asked to investigate the disappearance of a local developer (Eric Roberts) but along the way the hardnosed cop Bigfoot (Josh Brolin) is determined to get in his way.

There is a lot to like about this film and first of those is the overall look of the film itself Robert Elswit's cinematography and the production design by David Crank really make you feel immersed in the world of the early 70s and it is a feast for the eyes to watch, the second is the performances Phoenix is good here as is Jena Malone in a small role, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon and Benecio Del Toro but the star of the show by far is Josh Brolin who just steals every scene he's in.

Sadly this psychedelic murder mystery overstays its welcome with its 148 minute running time and there are times in the third act where I just wanted the film to be over and done with so it could be over despite its effective first two thirds though I will say also that this was a better film I thought than the Master as it had more of a structured narrative to it whereas at times the Master felt a bit disjointed.

And so that was Inherent Vice, it has some positives but the films 2 and a half hour running time tested my patience with its psychedelic mystery, 2 and a half out of 5.

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