Tuesday, 25 November 2008

I'm Not There

Lowdown: A collection of thoughts "inspired" by Bob Dylan.
Review:
After writing what I did on Notes on a Scandal and after receiving lots of feedback in return, I wanted to watch I'm Not There in order to be able to watch Cate Blanchett in her performance of Bob Dylan that has earnt her so much praise.
Blanchett is not on her own in I'm Not There: The film, supposedly inspired by Bob Dylan's real life story, features several very famous actors seemingly portraying different aspects of the Dylan character. Blanchett aside, we have top man here to contend with. Who? Top man: Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Christian Bale! Wow, this sounds promising!
Well, it isn't. Having watched half of I'm Not There I can report on it being not much more than a set of disjointed scenes, high on atmosphere but low on substance. You can make some meaning into it all, but that meaning would be the meaning you want it to have; for what its worth, you can make I'm Not There to have any meaning you want. Some people may say this is art at its best. I say this is arty farty. Boring arty farty at that.
Half way through I'm Not There not even the nice Dylan music soundtrack helped as I clicked the stop button and put the DVD back in its box.
Sound quality: Nothing spectacular at all, but the DTS soundtrack does favor Dylan's music.
Overall: I don't know if I'm eligible of ranking this one given that I wasn't there, but I will give it 0.5 of 5 stars. Best avoided.

2 comments:

Wicked Little Critta said...

Hmm, sounds like something I'd like!!

By the way, how was Blanchett?

Moshe Reuveni said...

When the walls were falling apart I didn't pay much attention to the quality of the paintwork.
Take that as you will, because a lot of the arty farty factor came in through the performances.