At the moment, I’m compiling our films of the 2014 for the end of year issue. By sheer coincidence, one of the films I’m most looking forward to for next year is Inherent Vice. In case you’re not up to speed on it, this is Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel – a Seventies-set noir about a stoner Private Investigator, Larry “Doc” Sportello, who’s investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
The book was a gloriously deep-fried crime caper; and the evidence from the trailer suggests that Anderson has successfully nailed Pynchon’s turbulent, screwball tone.
Anderson’s film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Sportello, along with Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Benicio Del Toro. There is also a rumour circulating that the notoriously reclusive Pynchon himself has also made an uncredited cameo in the film.
Having watched the trailer a couple of times now, I must admit that Phoenix bears more than a passing resemblance to Neil Young in some angles – it might be the muttonchops and green jacket, though…
Anderson’s long-term musical collaboration Jonny Greenwood has scored film, and has reportedly slipped in an instrumental Radiohead track which dates back to 2006. And other music news, Joanna Newsom is on hand to provide the film’s voiceover.
Inherent Vice opens in the UK on January 30