Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice
CRIME
, COMEDY, DRAMA
2014

DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson CAST: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Joanna Newsome, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Serena Scott Thomas, Maya Rudolph, Hong Chau
AWARDS:

  • Golden Globes
    • NOMINATED
      • Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Joaquin Phoenix)

RATING – 3.4 out of 10

  • Acting – 5 out of 10
    • You would think that with a star-studded cast like this, the acting would be up to snuff. But Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin were the only actors who had more than three scenes. Joaquin Phoenix was in EVERY scene and he mumbled incoherently through all of them. Josh Brolin was really good though.
  • Writing/Dialogue – 3 out of 10
    • This was a convoluted mess of a script that didn’t know what it wanted to do. It was a complete disaster, and it was not in the least bit funny. All the funny parts were shown in the trailer, and those weren’t even funny… I expected better from 5-time Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson.
  • Diversity – 1 out of 10
    • “Hey, let’s cast a couple of black and Asian people and give them two lines each! That should suffice for diversity, right?”
    • Also, it was disgustingly sexist. One of the characters, I don’t even know who, because it was so confusing, had a whole line of customized neckties that showcased one of his conquests. And the women were all proud to be on them. And let’s not forget the women randomly taking off their clothes so that their breasts could be exposed onscreen. Because good film making is bewbs, right? What the hell did I watch?
  • Cinematography & Art Direction – 5 out of 10
    • Eh…
  • Musical Score & Sound Editing – 8 out of 10
    • The musical score was the only thing I liked about this film.
  • Costumes, Makeup, & Hairstyling – 6 out of 10
    • Very 70’s which I like, but Joaquin Phoenix’s hair was horrid.
  • Plot/Story – 1 out of 10
    • I have no idea what the heck was supposed to be going on. Joaquin Phoenix spent the first half of the movie trying to find his ex-girlfriend, who apparently disappeared with her rich new boyfriend (who’s also married). But he’s unsuccessful in finding her; probably because he spends almost all of his time getting stoned out of his mind…. But it’s okay, because she randomly just shows back up. And then you think the movie is going to end, but then it keeps going on…. for no. reason. at. all.
  • Time – 1 out of 10
    • Seriously, this movie should have ended about an hour before it did. And it COULD have ended several times after that.
  • Grandiosity vs. Humility – 1 out of 10
    • I can’t even. Ugh. This movie was so awful.
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