Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice ★★★★

The end of watching PTA's filmography, and this was a good movie to end on. I'm kind of conflicted on what score to give this, because this movie kind of sacrifices a coherent story for engaging characters and a great atmosphere, but I'm mostly alright with that. It has everything you've come to expect with PTA: the beautiful cinematography, the sharp dialogue, the faithfulness to a specific time period, etc., but here it feels like he's almost deviating from his own style a bit. It's a lot funnier than his other films, it's very layered and almost convoluted to an extent, and overall I can appreciate that this director took some pretty bold risks most directors wouldn't take. Joaquin Phoenix is also amazing in this film (of course). The more I think about it, the more I like it.


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