Paul Thomas Anderson is a great director… I would even say he is a modern master. But his latest film, INHERENT VICE, adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s novel, is anything but masterful. People’s defense of the film is that it accurately depicts Pynchon’s style, but that doesn’t make it any more enjoyable to watch—it’s just too long and convoluted. If there is any saving grace, it’s that it is fun to watch Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a constantly high, free wheeling Los Angeles detective in 1970. There are also other good performances in the film—most notably Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston—but it is not enough to save this film.