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Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.
Cloud Atlas: Bob Dylan Edition
"so full of mystery... contradictions... and chaos. Yes, it's chaos, clocks and watermelons... It's everything."
I have no idea what watching this is like without any point of reference or interest in Bob Dylan or 60s arthouse films, but I also don't care. If not for all of the footnotes needed, this would, I think, widely be considered one of the best movies of the new millennium. It's certainly one of the best movies about an artist or maybe just about artists in general or maybe about these things and history and identity, etc. There's a lot to unpack and it's deliberately messy and evasive, just like its subject. Cate Blanchett is supernaturally good in this. She seems more possessed than performing.
I'm Not There. is the most experimental biopic that I've seen in a while. It doesn't tell us the life of Bob Dylan but more of the idea of him. He's transcendent and isn't just one person, he is multiple. He represents the people because he understands every struggle and that's what makes him so interesting. Cate Blanchett definitely gave the best performance in the film. Who knew the best performance of Bob Dylan would be from a woman? This goes on to prove that Todd Haynes is one of the most interesting film makers of our time. He adds a layer that can never be found in any other directors body of work. Haynes delivers one of the best biopics ever made and one of the most interesting.
I never realized Bob Dylan was 1/6th female
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'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…
For a Dylan/film fan, I can't imagine a more rewarding film. For the first hour every second feels intentional and meaningful. And then Richard Gere takes over.
I can't tell if this is good, can someone explain because what did I just watch.
No film captures the spirit or heart behind Bob Dylan more than this. Each actor perfectly represents a different side of him, Cate Blanchett being the standout. Bob Dylan is represented as more than just a man, rather a phenomenon through multiple people. The cinematography is gorgeous, helping establish the time and feel of each segment. It's a beautiful, underrated movie.
Todd Haynes' artistry is on full display. A triumphant blend of music and filmmaking. Knockout performances. Great original screenplay. Killer soundtrack. And of course, a compassionate understanding of the many forms and contradictions of the man, the myth: Bob Dylan.
Essencialmente vale pela ideia base da história, que tenta ligar seis personagens diferentes e a viver em épocas distintas, atribuindo-lhes pontos de contacto entre si que as transformam em diferentes manifestações de uma mesma mentalidade.
Mais, é de realçar a enorme interpretação de Cate Blanchett, como é seu apanágio, de uma personagem masculina e, psicologicamente, bastante complexa.
Quanto ao resto do filme, é tão estranho e abstracto que mais parece ter saído de uma qualquer divagação motivada pelo consumo de substâncias psicotrópicas.
Tá aí um filme que consegue ser tão completo, misterioso e fugidio quanto o próprio assunto.
We look at our cultural icons and we want to know them. We want to get what makes them tick, and we want to understand what they're trying to tell us through their work. If their work is inscrutable or opaque, or if they try to avoid revealing much of themselves, it only makes us want to know them the more.
Bob Dylan is one such figure. He's a man who took up a new identity to tell us stories and sing us songs that spoke to us on a deep level. The quality and influence of his work are such that he was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and he's already had multiple documentaries made about him.…
"I'm Not There" is not the Todd Haynes film to start with. You have to go in to this film with a certain degree of trust that he can tackle this idea which could be pretentious to some. (It's going to be me walking into Martin Scorsese's "Silence" in a couple months; it's 195 minutes, but it's Marty so I'll trust him for now). And if you trust Haynes to do so, you will realize that this film, from an incredibly original and powerful filmmaker, is a masterwork of modern cinema.
There are periods after each credit in the opening of "I'm Not There;" it gives it a matter-of-fact feeling, one that will not permeate the film you're about to…
This film is a real Catch-22 because the only way to tell the story of a chameleon like Bob Dylan is to have the film change along with him...creating a fragmented experience that never really comes together as a cohesive whole. It's like a really great album with a few bum songs thrown in to knock you off balance. And I'm sure that really pleased Dylan. This is the man who willfully alienated most of his audience by going electric and becoming born again. While some of the metaphors, allusions and homages help to bring us deeper into Dylan's mind, others only serve to alienate us further. The result is a film that's nearly as enigmatic as its subject. It will never be a perfect film, but it is absolutely perfect in its imperfection.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…