Inherent Vice

December 12, 2014

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Joanna Newson

Rating: R (for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence)

Running Time: 148 minutes

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.

Grade: C+

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