Directed by : Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson
Released around the time of many of the Oscar hopefuls last year, Inherent Vice, auteur director Paul (Magnolia, The Master) Thomas Anderson’s latest foray into making cinema that splits its audience down the middle is now on Blu Ray. Based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon, Phoenix plays dopehead detective Larry “Doc” Sportello who gets drawn into investigate the disappearance of an ex girlfriend which leads him into a conspiracy that involves policeman Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornsen (Josh Brolin). The problem here is that it all looked good on paper probably with an impressive cast but it just doesn’t really work. Phoenix is very good on screen and Brolin turns in a good performance but the script is far too convoluted and the set pieces are too wilfully obscure for them to really work. Thomas Anderson wants this to be a more contemporary take on the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski but it all collapses under the weight of its ambition. The film is far too long too and it has a very unsatisfying conclusion. File under frustrating.