When I finally made it to watching Christian Bale sing "Hattie Carroll" I asked myself, why am I watching this instead of the real guy singing it? And that was it for me. I turned it off. I really do embrace experimental filmmaking and non-narrative filmmaking and courageous, fresh approaches to subject matter. And I was very excited to see this. But it just left me stone cold very quickly and it's not because I didn't "get it". It's because I couldn't will myself to care. So it didn't work on any level for me. But who's to day it won't somehow speak to you?
Incredible effort by Todd Haynes to take a complex artist like Bob Dylan and document his life by using several different actors to portray the many different sides of his art and points in his life. Music is amazing. Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, et. al. give sparkling performances. The movie is 5 stars and one of my favorites!
However, this is a review of the 2-disk collector's edition of I'M NOT THERE. It is one of the worst collector's editions I've come across! Two audition tapes of the least used actors less than minute long. The special intro is written, as are the bios, discography and many other "special features." There were two deleted scenes, extended scenes,outtakes all told less than 4 minutes of film that added nothing to the movie. Even the tribute to Heath was less than 70 seconds and just a montage of him in the film on the film set. Red carpet 60 seconds of nothing. I've seen better special features on rented movies from Redbox...
I am one of those Dylan fans that must own everything he created, and read everything written about him that I can get my hands on. I consider myself Dylan-obsessed. "I'm Not There" will not make sense if you don't know about Dylan's influences and the people that surrounded him. This movie touches on just about everything from his past, whether fact or myth. The main characters never seem to meet or interact with each other. There are crossovers between the characters such as when the boy imitating Woody Guthrie train-hopping from place to place singing Dust Bowl era folksongs leaves his guitar on a train later to be found by an aging Billy The Kid played by Richard Gere on the run from the law or the end of the world. Another crossover is the Jack character played by Christian Bale portraying a finger-pointing folksinger, "voice of a generation" that is the subject of a film about his life and eventual rejection of the political folk world. The actor playing Jack is Robbie played by...
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