Perhaps Inherent Vice is over my head or maybe it was just not my cup of tea or maybe it’s just a bad movie. I found it extremely hard to stay focused on it because the movie is all over the place with strange conversation. Why it won or was nominated for anything is more than I can comprehend.
The movie takes place in the 70s and stars a huge cast. Inherent Vice starts out with Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterspoon) visiting her x-boyfriend, Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) at his run down cabin. Doc is a private investigator, a hippy and a serious drug abuser. Shasta provides Doc with a new case involving her current rich boyfriend, Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts). It seems Mickey’s wife and her lover plan to abduct him, then commit him to an insane asylum. Doc’s assignment is to stop this from happening.
Doc takes on 2 more cases which happen to be connected to the first case. The second case involves finding mickey’s bodyguard, Glen Charlock (Christopher Allen Nelson). Soon after taking on the second case and encountering many incidents, Doc takes on the 3rd case when he is hired by Hope Harlingen (Jena Malone) to find her missing husband, Coy (Owen Wilson). There are so many twist and turns and actors like Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon and Maya Rudolph, to name a few. The dialogue is weird but the acting is great.
My 5.5 rating is mostly neutral. I’m not saying Inherent Vice is a bad film, just too different for me to truly enjoy. This, of course is my opinion — you should see it to form your own opinion. Inherent Vice is due to be released on DVD sometime in April 2015.
[INHERENT VICE is nominated for Costume Design and (Writing) Adapted Screenplay]