PTA, you beautiful man…
This movie was easily my most anticipated movie of 2014. When the trailer was released, I was even more hyped. Then, earlier tonight, I finally sat in the theater and witnessed the glorious mess; Inherent Vice.
It was great. I don’t really have much to say about it. The casting was top notch; every actor stole their scenes. Josh Brolin is the highlight, delivering his funniest, and ultimately best, performance of his entire career. Joaquin Phoenix is pitch perfect as Doc Sportello, who is totally a kin to The Dude. Martin Short and Benicio Del Toro are hilarious, as well.
I have read complaints about the “bland” visual style, but I completely disagree. While the style isn’t as vibrant as something like Boogie Nights, it isn’t really supposed to be. Inherent Vice is a completely different beast; it is a comedy. The camerawork isn’t supposed to be extravagant or ostentatious. Plus, Elswit is still fantastic. The muted colors add to the idea that the 60s have ended both literally and figuratively. It’s brilliant!
And that’s true about the whole film. It’s brilliant! It’s definitely an acquired taste, but it’s so delightful. Overall, Inherent Vice is great. You should see it. Now.