Saturday, 9 January 2010

I'M NOT THERE (2007)

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan? You've got to be freakin' joking! Okay Cate Blanchett as His bobness's doppelganger Jude Quinn. Batman Bale as Bob and Joker Ledger as Bob and a seven year old black kid as Bob/Woody Guthrie, or maybe nobody is Bob because as the title tells us he ain't there. No conventional biopic like WALK THE LINE or RAY is going to pin down the enigmatic Mister Zimmerman and Todd Haynes fascinating film has more in common with WALK HARD : THE DEWEY COX STORY then it does with conventional rock 'n' roll biopics but then, come to think of it, Bob probably has more to do with Dewey than any real contemporary singer/songwriter. With a narration (of which I have no recollection) by Kris Kristofferson, a one-time ageing Billy the Kid, the film features Richard Gere with a yellow dog called Henry as another ageing Billy the Kid (at one point he is greeted as Mr.McCarty - the Kid's real name) riding to another confrontation with his old nemesis Pat Garrett in a town called Riddle while Bob/Cate romps with fab four and sees no direction home. To try and decipher I'M NOT THERE is to do it as much of a disservice as trying to decipher one of Dylan's apocalyptic songs (not that it will stop anybody including myself from doing it).I'm not sure what non-Dylan fans will make of it but then will they bother to watch it? Rating ****

1 comment:

Cerpts said...

Hmm, that sounds interesting. And of course, a song from the soundtrack won a coveted Penguin Award last year!!!