In 1970, hippie private eye “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) looks into several events that are connected to the disappearance of a wealthy real estate developer in California… The first screen adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel is true to its labyrinthine, energetic style. A special kind of audience will love its freewheeling attitude, the visual solutions and the eclectic soundtrack, but most will find the complicated (read pointless) plot too much of a snooze. A saving grace is the cast, especially Phoenix who’s very funny as the hippie detective, and Josh Brolin as a crew-cut cop.
2014-U.S. 148 min. Color. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Novel: Thomas Pynchon. Cinematography: Robert Elswit. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix (Larry “Doc” Sportello), Josh Brolin (Christian F. “Bigfoot” Bjornsen), Owen Wilson (Coy Harlingen), Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro… Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Eric Roberts.
Trivia: Robert Downey, Jr. and Charlize Theron were allegedly considered for lead roles.