A fantastic cast with impeccable performances, led by the always impressive Joaquin Phoenix, and phenomenal directing by the excellent Paul Thomas Anderson. The visuals are stunning, the story is surreal, the script is hysterical, but there was definitely something missing on a whole.
I had a disclaimer here but everybody went off telling me how wrong I was anyway, so scrap that, you'll just have to deal with it.
First of all, I like Kubrick's films, love some of them in fact, but I can't even pretend to like this one. It was heavy breathing and scenes of nothing (pretty nothing, but nothing nonetheless) against epic music, or sometimes even just a creepy choir, for 140 minutes straight. I very nearly fell asleep…
I was told beforehand that this was a love it or hate it film, and that there was no in between. Well I don't agree with any of the negative reviews, so it turns out that I'm one of the few that love it.
Firstly, I don't know why everybody is going on about the huge emphasis on rape for. There is a focus, yes, but nothing is ever shown, if it even happens at all, as it is all…