|Director:||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|01.15.15||Internet|| Huh. So this is definitely a movie where my thoughts and opinions need time to settle. There is SO much plot going on that I didn't completely follow it and will probably need to see it again at some point to pick up more nuance and detail. That said, one of the major reasons I had in starting this site was to record initial impressions and see if/how they change across multiple viewings, so here are my fragmented thoughts as of now:|
-LOTS of plot. Too much plot? Only time will tell I guess. I'm trying to think back to the first time I saw Big Lebowski and L.A. Confidential and wondering if I was as lost then as I am now.
-Very Lebowski but without the Coen-esque humor. I can't help but compare Phoenix with Bridges which is unfair but still inevitable.
-The humor is very subtle and buried pretty deep. Doc looking at baby Amethyst's picture was really the only indication to me that the movie was supposed to be funny at all instead of just a weird historical glimpse at a time/place of doping hippies and wolfman developers and bigfoot cops. I'm suspecting much of the humor is novelistic in that it's hard to come through on screen. The cast.
-The cast is STACKED including some "glad they're in this" moments like Michael K. Williams and Benicio Del Toro. Really there are so many parts that I was seeing new familiar faces pop up throughout the whole movie. I did notice Belladonna in a small role where she shared the frame with Maya Rudolph and I wonder what she thinks of PTA hiring porn actresses... GOSSIP
-Vitamin C by Can has been in my head since the title card. For no other reason I can thank this film for that.
-Why is this two and a half hours? and where were they in the last scene. Driving somewhere? Am I supposed to know? What happened with the boat? How did DOJ get it? And what was up with the dentists, looney bin, and boat anyway? Were they all connected? Did drug cartels give all their businesses the same name back then or was it a coincidence or was it a joke? And... oh never mind.