OK, I know this has been doing the rounds for a week or so now, but the trailer for PT Anderson’s upcoming comic gumshoe noir Inherent Vice really has got me excited about seeing the film when it is released this winter, so I thought I’d make it the subject of this site’s inaugural Trailer Thursdays post, a series in which I post a new or a classic trailer every Sunday for your delectation. (I’m joking, of course; the clue is in the title – trailers will be posted on Mondays.)
Anderson’s film premiered at the New York Film Festival last weekend, and a few lucky individuals have been forthcoming in their praise, suggesting it is the equal of his best films. I’ve deliberately resisted reading too much about it and I’m not familiar with Thomas Pynchon’s source material, but I do know that the film has a labyrinthine plot, filtered through a So-Cal narco-haze, and that it follows a Big Lebowski-style us vs them cultural subtext involving the authorities and a private detective named Doc (played by Joaquin Phoenix).
It seems as though Anderson is still drawn to stories involving contrasting but equally driven men who share some kind of personal interest (Doc appears to be locked in conflict with Josh Brolin’s authoritarian detective Bigfoot here) but it also looks as though he has finally returned to the broader, Altman-style ensemble creations of his early career here, which will please those who felt that Boogie Nights and Magnolia were more than successful experiments made by a director who was still finding his way and looking for his own voice. Perhaps he simply wants to cram more wackos in to his California-based movies, but that’s fine by me.
Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood returns to score the movie, which will be interesting given the apparent change in tone from There Will Be Blood and The Master. I’m also excited by the soundtrack, which you can hear in full here.