I'M NOT THERE
A Very Strange Look at Bob Dylan’s Life
Release Date: November 21, 2007
Starring: Christian Bale, Cate
Blanchett, Marcus Carl
Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath
Ledger, Ben Whishaw, and David
Genre: Musical Drama
Runtime: 136 mnutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Director: Todd Haynes
Executive Producer: Philip Elway, Andreas Grosch,
Douglas E. Hansen, Wendy
Japhet, Hengameh Panahi,
Steven Soderbergh, and John
Producer: John Goldwyn, Jeff Rosen, John
Sloss, James D. Stern, and
Writer: Todd Haynes and Oren Moyerman
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Following no particular plot, the movie jumps around between stories of Dylan’s life as a wayward traveler, a youth with glorious musical aspirations, a folk singer hero to the working class, a nihilistic rock star, an actor with troubled relationships, and a born-again Christian who has left behind his folk music legacy for the Gospel. Set amidst the backdrop of the social upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s, the movie tends to drift toward being a social commentary about the impact of the arts on culture at large.
Sadly, the movie misses out on being a true-to-life biography of one of the more influential musicians in modern American culture. Also, tragically, rather than being a truly poignant look at the impact of the entertainment media on culture, the movie itself serves as nothing more than an artistic vehicle for the director as well as a tremendous performance opportunity for Cate Blanchett, who shines in her portrayal of Dylan’s more existentially-troubled persona.
Adding to the so-called “message” of this artistic, off-beat movie are an excessive amount of nudity, sexuality, drug abuse, language and politically correct overtones. I’M NOT THERE is what most media-wise audience members will be saying on opening day of this forgettable art-house movie.
Sadly, the movie mostly serves as nothing more than an artistic vehicle for the director as well as a tremendous performance opportunity for Cate Blanchett, who shines in her portrayal of Dylan’s more troubled persona. Adding to the “message” of this artistic, off-beat movie are an excessive amount of nudity, sexuality, drug abuse, language and politically correct overtones. The movie does not, however, mock Dylan’s conversion to Christianity.