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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 totally understand using that many characters and stories, and I like them all, but the film felt so much more focused and effective during the Jude Quinn segments (largely due to Cate Blanchett) that overall it feels somewhat imbalanced and uneven in scope and power. still, I really like the technique of using different viewpoints and timelines to reflect the elusiveness of Bob Dylan's shifting persona. and Ed Lachman's photography was incredible.
Works both with and without Bob Dylan, though because of my unfamiliarity, I tend toward the latter ("I'm Not There"). Multi-faceted, fragmented, and put together with an astonishing amount of energy, Haynes' quasi-biopic certainly racks up points for conceptual boldness, breathing some life into a moribund (yet persistent) genre. What the film imagines—at least for a Dylan neophyte as myself—is a world where "Bobby" / "The Voice of Protest" / "The Bard" did not exist; and so, in his place are various personas ("poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity, rock and roll martyr, born-again Christian," reads the marketing blurb) fragmented through space and time—the American persona that Dylan represented, which would still have existed without him, just in…
A cool film about Bob Dylan.
I'm Not There is a complex, sophisticated, and daringly experimental film that truly captures the essence of Bob Dylan and is essential for any of his fans, with absolutely spectacular performances (particularly from Cate Blanchett), strong writing and direction from Todd Haynes, beautiful cinematography, seamless editing, and an amazing soundtrack.
Great cinematography, Actors and music for the fans of folk music. The character of Dylan might have been better used in a documentary or biopic from rather than a Radom set of stories that mirrors his life.
Rewatch because on this day 50 years ago, Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone".
What a dull film.
Compared to the other two Haynes films I've seen, this was much more of a grower as opposed to a shower, with some spots in the beginning and middle making me wonder if this was all going to come together in a unified whole. And it did! By the end, the old cliche about not wanting the movie to end proved true (I could have watched a three-hour version of this). On the strength of this, [safe], and Far From Heaven, I will follow Todd Haynes to the end of the earth, and when I'm done doing that, I will worship Edward Lachman as my god.
Todd Haynes takes the life and music of Bob Dylan and plays around with it beautifully in I'm Not There. With six different actors playing different personas of Dylan and shifting cinematography and directorial styles like a tornado, the film is a bold, experimental ode to artistry and celebrity. The six actors as Dylan are all very strong; Cate Blanchett about near steals the movie as Dylan circa 1965-66, his electric guitar days, in a segment so distinctly Fellini that it's amazing no charges were pressed; Marcus Carl Franklin plays Dylan as a youth, and does so with depths of poetic strength and wisdom--the kid should be getting more work; Heath Ledger gives another soulful performance, and Christian Bale nails…
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