I’M NOT THERE

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Posted May 1, 2008 in The Small Screen

What’s great about I’m Not There is what’s great about any Todd Haynes film: He really doesn’t give a shit if people don’t “get” what he’s doing, he’s making his movies for the people who do get it, and he’s making them the way he feels they should be made to tell whatever story it is he wants to tell. In this case, that story is “the many faces of Bob Dylan,” but rather than telling it as a straight-ahead biopic, Haynes tries to get at what it means to be “Bob Dylan” by splitting him into six characters (none of them named Bob Dylan) played by six actors (none of them really impersonating Bob Dylan . . . save Cate Blanchett, who gets a pass because, well, she’s a woman impersonating Dylan), and each with their own filmic style (Blanchett’s “Jude” period is Fellini, Christian Bale’s “Jack” portion is a faux TV news piece). It’s complex, and the film isn’t interested in educating you on the specifics of Dylan’s life story—though it goes without dispute that Haynes clearly has a very deep and personal knowledge of the folk icon—but I’m Not There is moving and engrossing in its own uncompromising way. The two-disc set has the usual batch of extras, an in-depth interview with Haynes, plus a short but poignant tribute to the late Heath Ledger.  (Red Vaughn)

 

The Weinstein Company, 135 minutes

Release date: May 6

 

 


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