Movie #16 Inherent Vice

 A hippie, druggie private investigator gets caught up in an increasingly convoluted conspiracy after a visit from a old flame.

 

This is a hard movie for me to nail my feelings down for. On one hand I thought the acting was exceptional. Every actor/actress in this film gives an amazing performance, bringing depth and personality to even bit characters who only show up for five minutes. The soundtrack is equally good, with a mix of unique pieces and pieces of music from the time period the film is set in (the 70’s).


On the other hand, while I found nothing to complain about with the cinematography and shot composition, after realizing this movie is by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) I was a bit disappointed after the fact. “There Will Be Blood” is by far one of my favorite movies of all time and this is due in large part to the breathtaking shots that it accomplishes. This film never quite wowed me with any of its shots. Also, again while the story was not bad it felt disjointed (though perhaps on purpose). I wasn’t quite drawn in to what was occurring for a good chunk of the beginning. Perhaps on a second viewing I would like this movie a lot more (not that I disliked it mind you) but the plot left a little to be desired, at least to start.

 

Again, I could very easily see a second viewing drastically increase my enjoyment of this film but for now I give it a 7.5/10