This may well be what the world looked like to a stoned Californian private eye when the Seventies got under way but it makes for a self-indulgent mess of a film that slips into an irreverent psychedelic haze and never recovers.
It’s Paul Thomas Anderson proving that even the most revered of filmmakers can have an off day; here looking back to Robert Altman’s early Seventies masterpiece, ‘The Long Goodbye’, but lacking his predecessor’s masterful balance between hard edged cynicism and genuine bewilderment as the conservative forces regained control.
He also goes along way to proving the impossibility of adapting a Thomas Pynchon novel; a warning to others who forget that filmic clichés usually exist for a reason.
- Year: 2014
- Country: USA
- Filmmaker: Paul Thomas Anderson
- Screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson
- Producer: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi and Joanne Sellar
- Cinematographer: Robert Elswit
- Editor: Leslie Jones
- Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Joanna Newsom and Katherine Waterston
- Duration: 148 mins