Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I'm not There

Went and saw this movie on Saturday, and I quite liked it. It's the story of Bob Dylan (sort of) as told by six different actors, playing six different versions (visions?) of Dylan.

The movie has a sort of familiar surrealism, particularly in the section about Jude, the version of Dylan brilliantly played by Cate Blanchette.

There seems to be some division on the value of the Billy the Kid section; some reviewers describing it as tedious and pointless, and others key to the whole movie. I am more in the second camp; the quiet humanity of Billy the Kid is necessary to offset the nihilism of the Jude Section (which it interrupts). And the Billy the Kid section has the funeral sequence which has stuck with me more than anything else, set to a gorgeous version of "Going to Alcupulco."

Speaking of which, the Soundtrack is also well worth picking up - it only contains one song performed by Dylan (the movie uses mostly versions by Dylan, but a few of these versions show up there too).

At any rate, if you have any interest in Dylan or just want to see a thoughtful interesting movie, check out "I'm Not There."

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