A hippie whodunit

A hippie whodunit

Joaquin Phoenix’s new movie is dividing opinions…

The you-love-it-or-you-hate-it phenomenon of 2015? Inherent Vice, a weird and wonderful mystery that’s become the most talked-about movie of the month. (And we love it, by the way.)

Audiences are said to have been walking out of Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, and it’s easy to see why. The film follows a permanently stoned private investigator, Doc (Joaquin Phoenix), as he meanders through hallucinations and plot twists, bumping into a long series of supporting characters (played by the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Benicio Del Toro). It’s difficult to follow – until you realise that it isn’t actually supposed to make sense. If you’re looking for a straightforward whodunit, this isn’t it.

But relax into Inherent Vice’s wacky logic and you’ll start to enjoy it. Phoenix, Wilson and Josh Brolin all put in hilarious performances, and the drugged-up, surreal escapades of Doc are highly entertaining. It’s a cult classic in the making. Stick with the madness, and you might just love it.

At cinemas nationwide

  • Words: Hattie Crisell