Monday, March 31, 2008

Not here either

This just in: once again, the master escaper Bob Dylan
has eluded capture. Not that Todd Haynes, writer and
director of the new film I’m Not There, necessarily set
out to catch Dylan; but over the course of two hours
and 15 minutes’ screen time we might have hoped for
some news of his whereabouts. Or at least, hey, a fresh
insight or two. No such luck. Basically, this is a hobby
film—Haynes playing with his toy Dylan set, amusing
himself by cutting and pasting bits of the Bobster's
“many lives” (yawn). He’s got a lot of nerve foisting
the result on movie audiences, but then, no one forced
us to go, and Cate Blanchett’s riff on mid-60s Dylan is
(almost) worth the ticket price. Oh, and the songs are
pretty good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw this not long after seeing Scorsese's "No Direction Home". Scorsese wins in my book.