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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
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…
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 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 guess Todd Haynes is only capable of making the greatest and most affecting films. 10/10.
A rich patchwork tapestry of a pop music icon, woven together as myth rather than the typical threads of a music biopic. When it works, it's astonishing. And it mostly works. But there's definitely some sour notes in there, like all the faux documentary stuff. Still, it makes Dylan's role in the culture seem all the more grand, while also acknowledging he could be an irritating, obtuse asshole.
This must work beautifully for Bob Dylan fans, and while I had very little knowledge of him before this I still enjoyed it mostly for the inventiveness and portrayals. Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger's segments worked the best for me, each able to mold a character in their brief time on screen. Stylistically there are some similarities between this and Haynes' debut Poison due to their being a black and white segment and one with a lot of talking heads among others. The music is naturally great and it was just a cool way to see different sides of a celebrity.
This might not be the BEST MOVIE EVAH that my 15 year old self saw it as, but I'm still so happy that one of my favorite artists wasn't served with a soulless plastic piece of biopic hell.
"Facts do not constitute truth."
Those words (spoken by Werner Herzog) seem to be the mantra that governs this allegorical examination of the lives of Bob Dylan.
If a biopic is, in essence, an attempt at contextualizing the life of a person, there could have been no other way of approaching such a mercurial and oblique a figure as Dylan, than to abandon the reality of the man entirely. Todd Haynes attempts to reconcile this seeming contradiction of form and subject by instead embracing the abstract and using each of Dylan's myriad personae to reflect a deeper truth about the man, society's perception of him, and the culture at large.
Ultimately, by not being about Robert Zimmerman, the man, the film captures, and, in turn, becomes, the spirit of Bob Dylan.
Best rock and roll biopic that's not about Dewey Cox.
I think that I'm Not There is one of the best biography films ever made, if not the best. It recognizes that his subject is not a single person, able to simplify into a recognizable pattern or plot. Rather, he is multiple people, a community, that should be represented by many characters. I think that there are many, many people like that-- on this forum, even-- who cannot be shoehorned into a stereotype, and to reduce them to a single storyline is to do injustice to their whole selves.
I love how this film incorporates fantasy of a self into the whole picture of who the man is or was. He is a hero of the West, a genius child…
I watched this a couple of years ago and found it really dull so I decided to re-watch and see if my opinion changed... Nope, still dull.
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