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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'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 enjoy Bob Dylan's music but don't know much about his life so maybe that's why I felt so indifferent towards this. The premise is interesting and there were some good performances (especially from Cate Blanchett and Marcus Carl Franklin), but overall it felt too long and I just wasn't interested.
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…
If any of you have ever read an old diary you wrote then you know that we do change from time to time. What we wrote as teenagers is foreign to us as grownups. Still we are the same person. This can even happen during the span of one day, depending on who we are with and what our role is. Ask 10 people about some person and you will get different answers. Who we are as a person is not a clear cut thing and this is why most bio pics don't work. They disregard contradictions in the life of the protagonist and go for easy answers and explanations. I'm Not There. does not do that. It celebrates the…
Hayne's filmmaking is great and the acting, especially from Cate Blanchett, is really amazing. However, I feel like the film tries to do way too much to display the many personalities and eras of Dylan that the film and any potential theme or message gets lost.
I'm Not There. is an ambitious sort of experimental biographical film about Bob Dylan. It was a competently made movie but I didn't like its unconventional structure and narrative. It was definitely an original concept, but my main problem with this film is that it was really boring at times. However, it had its moments and I was really impressed by Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett's performances.
I don't know how accurate a film I'm Not There is, because I know next to nothing about Bob Dylan's life. Make no mistake, this is not a Bob Dylan biopic, at least not in the conventional sense of the word. The trailer, poster and DVD cover all proclaim that Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw "are all Bob Dylan", but they're not. They play completely separate characters that all represent different facets of Dylan's persona. Indeed, as the opening credits say, the film is "inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan." It's a series of intertwining portraits.
Distributors The Weinstein Company give the following summary: "I'm Not There…
somehow, not as whacked-out as a fellini movie about the bob dylan monomyth could or should be
It’s a bold idea to take the details of Bob Dylan’s life and music and to tell an episodic story with 6 different actors playing different versions of him. That’s what attracted me to the film as I appreciate Dylan’s music, but I’m not a huge fan. What surprised me was how much fun the film was and the skillful way that Todd Haynes was able to blend together the stories and clever allusions to different films and filmmmakers. So while I’m not well-versed in Dylan trivia, the cinematic trivia kept me interested and fascinated as biography, history and music swirled around. There aren’t a lot of biopics that have allusions to Fellini and quote dialogue from Godard.
My 2007 viewing of ‘I’m Not There.’ went right over my head. Today, armed with basic Bob Dylan knowledge from Scorsese’s ‘No Direction Home’, I took another crack at it.
You have to be literate in Dylan’s mythology for this or you’ll get left in the dust, no question. Unless you lived to see it happen, I’d consider ‘No Direction Home’ required viewing to even remotely understand this film, but considering that Todd Haynes stages verbatim dramatizations of Scorsese’s documentary footage (which nests clips from many other documentaries and films), I’m not quite sure who this film is for. The authenticity is too precarious for anyone who knows what the moment is based on, and too cute for anyone who…
Defiantly not your ordinary biopic, but I guess the life of Bob Dylan wasn't that ordinary to begin with. The wide array of cast adds a different element to the functioning narrative, while also giving an interesting and unique perspective on the career of one of America's greatest performers. However, Cate Blanchett's performance as a early sixty's, innovative rocker, really takes the cake. Subtle references to Dylan's art and contemporary pop culture also add a fun element to the cinematography.
Preface: I'm a huge Dylan fan.
Context: This is probably the best film we're ever going to get about Bob Dylan. Aside from the the conventional summary of this as a hyperlink picture composed of six different Dylans (which it is), this is also an adaptation of Dylan's lyrical style. Take Tangled up in Blue, or Desolation Row where Dylan freewheels around times and eras to connect short poetic snippets into a cohesive thematic endeavor. This film is Desolation Row, but instead of urban decay, it's Bob Dylan. What we have is a set of extremely loosely connected storylines that all intersect thematically to paint a portrait of Bob Dylan's influences, and persona in a specific time.
But enough of…
Homenaje a la música y al cine por partes iguales, aunque hermética en cuanto al entendimiento de la historia, pues ésta se encuentra íntimamente ligada al conocimiento biográfico de Dylan.
El complemento ideal, en todo caso, sería aquel documental magistral de Scorsese, No Direction Home, del cual, Haynes precisamente toma referencias y los traslada al plano ficticio.
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