I’m Not There
Inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan, I’m Not There attempts to tell a story about the many facets of Dylan’s schizophrenic life, but in doing so becomes a train wreck of confusion and disjointed narrative.
Whilst this may or may not sum up Dylan’s life, it doesn’t make for easy viewing. Fortunately the performances of Blanchett, Ledger and Bale make enduring this muddled fare worth it, even though some sever editing would have made it less of a marathon event.
Admittedly, I went into this film not knowing much about Dylan (and came out knowing even less) and was expecting to be educated as well as entertained, with a musical soundtrack to die for. These expectations were never met, and only tantalisingly teased me through the entire two hours and fifteen minutes.
To make you think that I’m Not There is a waste of time would be a colossal lie, because on some levels it’s pure genius, it’s just hard to really appreciate something so different from what you were expecting.
One thing that I’m Not There has in crystal clear clarity is the struggles Dylan went through every time he re-invented himself, having to let go of who he was to embrace who he wanted to become. A part of him would have to die in the process of this re-birthing, and in the end (in this movie atleast), I’m not sure he really know who he was.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Sex Scenes & Offensive Language.
Duration: 135 mins.
Genre: Drama, Music, Biography, Folk, Indie & Festival.
Director: Todd Haynes.
Actors: Julianne Moore, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, David Cross, Michelle Williams, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Ben Whishaw, Marcus Carl.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Release Date: Available now.