|Directed by:||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|Written by:||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|Cast:||Joaquin Phoenix, Maya Rudolph, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Kevin O'Connor, Katherine Waterston|
I haven't read the book, but I'm going to in the hopes of making heads or tails of the Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation of Thomas Pynchon drug-fueled detective odyssey. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, it's just that... I don't have a clue about what the hell was going on most of the time.
Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin were amazing, but Benicio Del Toro and Martin Short stole the movie in the brief time they were on-screen. Katherine Waterston gave the most hypnotizing of performances. She seemed like a ghost that floated in and out of scenes and haunted you when she wasn't there or was brought up by other characters - very film noir.
I love detective stories. Most of them are hard to follow and this was no exception. It was like if you used "The Big Sleep", "The Long Goodbye", "Harper", "Chinatown", "The Big Lebowski", and "Night Moves" as inspiration and put a unique, weird, trippy, confusing, hilariously funny spin on the classic detective story.
It definitely calls for repeat viewings. I don't know if that will help to make sense of the plot, but it will surely remind viewers just how bizarrely entertaining this flick was, is, and will always be, man. Far out!