Alex Ginnelly’s review published on Letterboxd:
“When I close my eyes, I see this thing, a sign, I see this name in bright blue neon lights with a purple outline. And this name is so bright and so sharp that the sign - it just blows up because the name is so powerful... It says, ‘Dirk Diggler.’”
One of the most beautiful movies about the brutalt, incredible and relentless pursuit of fame.
This movies is more than the porn industry, it’s found it’s way to tap into the change in decades from the 70s to the 80s in a smooth crash, stranding the characters we come to feel one with on a dessert island of their own creation.
We watch the highs and the deepest of lows through the pursuit of fame and fortune in a industry that might otherwise turn us away from the movies.
These are characters that are not often explored, however Paul Thomas Anderson has found a way to depict just what makes them as human and real as the rest of us. With incredible stand out performances from Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Of course the rest of the cast are all amazing and they are all brilliantly woven together by Anderson, who is truly the king of his generation.