This is an ideal life for a stoner. The movie starts out in the early 70’s and Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a hippie that absolutely smokes a lot of pot. It seems as if all he does on a daily basis is smoke weed. Things start to change for Sportello when his ex girlfriend comes to him for help when she tells him that her current boyfriend has been kidnapped. Sportello’s ex, Shasta (Katherine Waterston) really wants him to help her out and try to figure out what the hell happened to her boyfriend. As soon as Doc agrees to do this for Shasta, more and more crazy cases start to come his way. Even with all these cases, there is always someone who is going to make sure they are done the correct way. That is Detective Christian Bjornsen (Josh Brolin). Things get way out of hand from here!
Inherent Vice tells the story of three awesome cases that are going on that Doc has to try to put the missing puzzle pieces together. The movie was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Anderson is an excellent director who comes out with some great work. Most notable would be Boogie Nights. Inherent Vice is a film that is very confusing and may require a second viewing to get the full understanding of the movie. Anderson has done that in the past with some of his films as well. At least it seemed that way for me.
Inherent Vice had a superb cast with some performances where actors stole the scene. Josh Brolin was nothing short of a scene stealer. He was awesome and I think he was snubbed of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. But that’s a different conversation on my thoughts of the academy. Inherent Vice goes from one crazy scenario to another. What’s good about Inherent Vice is that you never can predict where Anderson is going to take you and this works for this movie because the surprises aren’t over the top but pretty unpredictable. And believe me when I tell you, it’s better to not look up the cast on IMDB. Seeing all the surprise little appearances by actors was something really cool about the movie and every part that had that was awesome.
Overall, Inherent Vice is a fun ride that keeps you entertained and amused. It is a movie watching experience that is a little bizarre, but nonetheless an awesome experience.
Grade= A- (Awesome!)