Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the greatest film-makers in the world today. Ever since his breakout feature Boogie Nights Anderson has been making one great film after another. He has probably the most consistent track record in Hollywood (along with Tarantino). His films bleed with ambition and ingenuity even if they are adaptations. Heck, he even managed to get a good performance out of Adam Sandler. So, it’s no surprise that Anderson’s seventh feature, Inherent Vice has everyone excited.
Inherent Vice follows the story of drug-fueled detective Doc Sportello as he investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend in 1970 Los Angeles. Inherent Vice finds the director returning to the comedy genre for the first time since 2002’s Punch Drunk Love. Adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name Inherent Vice is a good, if slightly disappointing film. Joaquin Phoenix’s audacious lead performance as Doc Sportello leads the show and is undeniably fun to watch and he is well-supported by Josh Brolin as straight-eyed detective ‘Bigfoot’ Bjornsen while Owen Wilson, Martin Short Benicio Del Toro offer good support in their brief appearances.The comedy is very good and very deap-pan and like all PTA movies its impeccably crafted with each frame brimming with energy and life..
However, the film is not without its flaws, most notably being the fact that it’s incredibly confusing and incoherent which makes you lose focus of the story. Basically, the film is stoned and there’s a reason Thomas Pynchon has been called an unadaptable writer, its because his work doesnt translate well on-screen and it shows.
All in all though, Inherent Vice is funny, well-acted and superbly crafted even if it may prove to be a little meandering and incoherent it’s still a good film