Monday, April 14, 2014

First 'Vice' Reactions Roll Out From Industry Insiders; Doubts Cast On Cannes Premiere


8 months before Inherent Vice is set to hit theatres, and nearly 8 months after it officially entered post-production, we are starting to get some faint glimmers of what form the film's exhibition will take. With the 2014 Cannes Film Festival's full competition lineup slated to be announced this Thursday, April 17, we will finally have concrete resolution for one of the film's most hyped-up potential premiere venues once and for all. Unfortunately, according to a new report by Jeffrey Wells over at Hollywood Elsewhere, an Inherent Vice debut at Cannes is not looking likely.
This morning I spoke to an industry friend who's seen Vice and who thinks it's brilliant and mesmerizing in an atmospheric, non-linear sort of way. He says that [Paul Thomas] Anderson, currently doing the sound mix, doesn't really want to subject Vice to Cannes and would rather take his time and tinker around over the summer and then unveil it in Telluride/Venice/Toronto. 
This follows what a friend told me a week or two ago, which is that Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux "has been courting and wooing PTA like mad to get Inherent Vice to Cannes, and that PTA has been telling him since January that it would be very tight for him to get post-production done in time and that he wouldn't show it to Thierry until then. Perhaps PTA would privately like to go to Cannes, but I'm also told that Warner Bros. is against the idea, considering it too early given its December release date. If PTA insists and finishes the film to his satisfaction over the next couple of weeks, he could probably prevail over WB, but the latest I hear is that everything is still very much up in the air."
 Of course, a healthy grain of salt should be taken with this information, given that the sources are all anonymous and that the situation appears to very much still be fluid. In any event, we will know one way or another in only a few days' time.

The much less nerve-racking take-away from this development is that the film (to the few eyes that have seen it) is apparently as astonishing as we all want it to be. The Film Stage provided some other anonymous impressions of the movie from one lucky insider today:
Mix together The Big Lebowski and [Robert] Altman's The Long Goodbye and turn it into a two-and-a-half hour PT Anderson epic and you're getting close to the awesome experience of Inherent Vice. Even Joaquin Phoenix's performance has echoes of '70s Elliott Gould with a touch of The Dude. But don't get me wrong, the film is its own animal. A drug-fueled detective story filled with great psychedelic music and beautiful, grainy cinematography. It's both hilarious and confounding at times. But Anderson does an incredible job of making the incredibly complex plot both comprehensible and entertaining. Even though he's apparently said he's still tinkering, it felt like a finished film and will definitely go down as one of my favorites of his.
242 days.

Find more information about the film on our Inherent Vice page. 
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15 comments:

  1. I am hoping that this is going to be the film that officially lands him an Oscar, either in Directing, Picture, or Adapted Screenplay.

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    1. Doesnt seem like a traditional Oscar player, but who cares. I think this will be regarded as a cult classic for years to come

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    2. You know, it would be even nicer if it won the Oscar for best film, but then they would take it away at the last minute because they found some hidden frames (Disney's "The Rescuers" style) of the footage from "2 girls 1 cup" or something like that.

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    3. don't even utter such crap here

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  2. This is so exciting!! I'm fangirling right now! XD

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  3. Can't wait to see how that "beautiful, grainy cinematography" looks.

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  4. Wow! I was picturing it to be slightly stylized like the feel of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" mixed with a "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" type of filter. It sounds like it could be really cool, picturing Joaquin Pheonix in a role like Elliot Gould's Marlowe is also very exciting

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  5. Ohhhh man I can't wait for this!!! 2 PTA movies in 2 years this is awesome! :D

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  6. Forget about Cannes I definitely think/want him to take his time, god I cannot wait to see this damn movie!

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  7. I hope they maintain that 2 hours 30 minutes running time.

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  8. It's not in the official lineup for Cannes.

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  9. FWIW, a listing of 167 minutes has been on Wikipedia since last this story broke. Could be bunk, but might be legit and that's the running time of this version that's screening. If that turns out to be the actual length, it would be very exciting.

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  10. Even as a streamlined version of the book, I imagine that'd be accurate as a runtime. Minus credits, I figure it might be like...2 Hours and 40 minutes? Django Unchained was that length last year so I figure if he (Paul) has final cut he'd get away with it. Which I'm sure he will.

    Look at any of Fincher's more recent films (Zodiac, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and they've got that same time. Plus I feel like Inherent Vice will be long, but really zip by. It's a hugely entertaining novel and I feel like it'll be like Fincher's film "Fight Club" in that it's largely faithful, the ending might be tweaked just a bit (to fit the big screen), and that it has a long runtime but flies by (Fight Club was like 140 minutes but really does not feel like it).

    Anyway. Totally stoked. Rant over, sorry.

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