David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson are both knee deep in noir, or neo-noir with their films at the New York Film Festival, Gone Girl and Inherent Vice. Attendees have just seen Inherent Vice and word is that it’s a trippy, funny, “stoner” noir:
Robie Collin’s full review:
And that, in a hard nutshell, is the experience of watching Inherent Vice – or of watching it for the first time, at least. Underneath the crackpot humour, there’s something else at work; a deep-seated ache of nostalgia for a time when films were allowed to look, sound and move like this, that will surely come into sharper focus on a second viewing, when you aren’t so preoccupied with wolfing down the spaghetti tangle of the plot.
Inherent Vice is very committed California stoner noir. It will yield some interesting critical writing. This tweet is not an example of it.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 4, 2014
Oh wait I can tweet about it. Inherent Vice is nuts and sorry I laughed so loud and frequently folks.
— Matt Prigge (@mattprigge) October 4, 2014
Inherent Vice: PTA pulls off Pynchon. A warm, hazy, funny, sprawling, one-of-a-kind work. #NYFF
— Jordan Raup (@jpraup) October 4, 2014
As confusing as INHERENT VICE is, it hits that perfect sweet spot that lies between LEBOWSKI and THE LONG GOODBYE. #ThatMeansILovedIt
— Tony Dayoub (@TonyDayoub) October 4, 2014