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I'm Not There.
Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.
Cloud Atlas: Bob Dylan Edition
I'm Not There sounds like an interesting concept on paper.
Six different actors playing different versions of Bob Dylan, one of them an African American child and another a woman. (Due to Dylan being a white male).
And it starts off pretty well.
Marcus Carl Franklin acted really well, especially for a 14 year old (at the time).
But the more the film went on, it got a lot more confusing and weird.
I really don't mind films being complex. Some films especially take time, even after the ending, to make sense.
But sadly, I'm Not There. simply is all over the place.
There is nothing really connecting all the different versions.
I understood that they represent different times in…
I never realized Bob Dylan was 1/6th female
Todd Haynes' gift is not that he's a maniacally detailed biographer — he is, but that's not his gift. No, what's really a treasure here is the way Haynes can fully accept and celebrate the mythology surrounding a public figure, whether it's self-made or not, while still teasing out the points of connection between that mythology and "real life". Not only that, he takes considerable risks as a filmmaker in order to depict those nexus points in meaningful and interesting ways, coming right out the gate with the simple but devastating decision to shoot Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story with Barbie dolls. Velvet Goldmine is a very good film, but because David Bowie refused to let his music or name…
I'll admit, I'm not the biggest Bob Dylan fan on the planet. Don't get me wrong, I love his music, but I'm not one of those hardcore devotees who know everything there is to know about the man. I was kinda hoping that this film would make me a bigger fan while also giving me new insight into the man behind the music. I was wrong.
It's not a bad film. It's just a film that would appeal more to die hard fans of the music. Like a thank you to all of Bob Dylan's long time devotees while also paying tribute to Dylan. Anyone who doesn't already understand his life or ay least who Dylan was will probably get…
I love how Todd Haynes knows that Bringing It All Back Home/Don't Look Back-era Dylan is the one we're waiting to see, particularly as played by Cate Blanchett, so he saves that one until almost an hour into the movie, letting us sink into the earlier and subtler representations of Dylan first. That said, Blanchett's Dylan is the most entertaining part of the movie, and it kicks into high gear as soon as she makes her entrance. The other chapters are more challenging - honestly, while the one featuring Richard Gere as Billy the Kid in a semiotic fantasyland is certainly haunting, I still can't decipher it after four or five viewings. They're rewarding, though, however much you know (or…
I find it impossible to be objective here. A seventh rewatch reveals more that doesn't work, more that doesn't glue together or translate.
But I can't argue with the rest. This music hits hard and Todd Haynes uses this medium like he invented it.
A thoughtful and beautifully shot film about music's great enigma- Bob Dylan
Didn't remember the movie being this bad when I first saw it back in 2007. But that might've been because I feel asleep for a good chunk of it in the theatre. Unfortunately, I wasn't sleepy when I rewatched 'I'm Not There' and I couldn't force myself to fall asleep. I just had to watch in anger and disgust while this movie played in front of my helpless eyes. With its painfully obvious references and the fact that it thinks it's way more clever than it actually is, 'I'm Not There' didn't get better upon a second viewing. It got much, much worse.
But Cate Blanchett does a good job, considering the asinine script she had to work with.
A smart, preternaturally talented director with impeccable taste take a bona fide shot at resuscitating the biographical musical and just plain misfires. It happens. Not sure how Haynes feels about it, but I see a guy openly grappling with the scope of the project, which ultimately becomes its achilles heel. By opting to present a sweeping, panoramic view of folk music and Dylan, Haynes sacrifices a good chunk of intimacy. Scenes aren't allowed to breathe, eager to move on to the next vignette. And whereas in Safe the art direction had a clear, thematic purpose, here you just think how kick ass of an interior designer Haynes must've been if he chose that career path.
But don't let me…
I don't have the contextual knowledge or life experience to fully understand or appreciate everything going on here, but Cate Blanchett's performance is interesting. It's almost like watching multiple different movies at once - also interesting.
This was an awesome look at Bob Dylan, his music, and his circle of influence!
You'd think I'd really like this movie, I did not.
Probably says more about my tastes than it does the film itself but I find this exceptionally uninteresting. However, I love that it goes a different biographical route than normal and wish more movies found such a way to make themselves unique.
me @ cate as bob dylan:
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