Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest movie about a private investigator named Doc Sportello, played by Joaquin Phoenix. It stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, and Benicio Del Toro.
Inherent Vice, is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.
Anderson wrote the adapted screenplay. Music is by Radiohead’s lead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood.
Inherent Vice is Phoenix and Witherspoon’s first on-screen reunion since Walk the Line, which won Witherspoon an Academy Award for Best Actress. Could this be Joaquin Phoenix’s turn to win? He’s received nominations for Gladiator, Walk the Line, and Anderson’s last movie The Master. There’s already plenty of Oscar buzz for Inherent Vice. (At the very least, I’m expecting a nomination for Best Wardrobe. I mean… c’mon.)
Based on the trailer, we can expect a lot of goofiness from Inherent Vice. It does a good job of setting up the story and overall tone of the movie—a little batshit crazy.
Inherent Vice opens in limited release in December 2014.