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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…
Good performances but a mess of a movie.
Sort of the JFK of musician biopics. Wildly ambitious, beautifully shot, full of half baked theories and ideas, but so worth it from beginning to end.
I am not sure how to sum up this movie. This movie wasn't good, it was chicken.
Watching this movie feels like turning the pages of a teenage Bob Dylan's fan's scrapbook..representing everything that he was, for himself, for everyone else, everything he wanted him to be, everything he needed him to be , everything he wasn't...This is not a biographic movie..this is the best biographic movie ever made.
Interesting and ambitious concept, pulled off fairly well.
As a huge Bob Dylan fan, the soundtrack alone was enough to make me enjoy this movie, but all in all it was definitely a very enjoyable watch.
The interesting interweaving of different stories worked quite well, the performances of the different characters were great, namely Cate Blanchett gave an outstanding gender crossing performance as Jude, arguably the most closely referential character to Dylan himself.
Towards the end, the film did seem to drag at times, but not to a degree that it became boring.
I'd give it a watch, especially if you enjoy Bob Dylan as a poet, musician and think he's interesting.
I think I have a pretty high tolerance for pretentious arthouse bullshit but fuck this movie. I have no idea what the director was trying to do, the movie makes fuck-all sense (why are all the different versions of Bob Dylan not actually named Bob Dylan?) I'm a pretty big Dylan fan and this movie only makes him look like an asshole. I watched an hour of this before I turned it off in disgust, took me a month to summon up the will to finish it and only did that because I wanted to see the rest of the acting performances, which really are the only redeeming qualities of this turd.
Brilliant mosaic of a man. I don't know too much about Bob Dylan or his music (sorry!) but I love the idea of using different personas to establish the different conceptions and misconceptions of a celebrity and artist, man and symbol. The ensemble cast, the script and the editing work beautifully to tie together all the different strands of the film and of Dylan himself. The movie is not perfect; it can be pretty jarring and does lose a little steam about 2/3rds of the way in but I think it comes back around. Also, upon more viewings, these portions might work better. I love this movie for its innovation and style as well. Todd Haynes has emerged as one of my favorite directors.
This has always been one of those movies I think people either love or hate. Personally, as a huge Bob Dylan fan, I thought the approach here was exceptionally well played out.
While I did learn a lot about Bob Dylan and really enjoyed the soundtrack, the movie as a whole sucks. Maybe it works as an art school project or something - a video collage with some artsy bits, but it didn't do it for me.
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