Thomas Pynchon’s books are considered unfilmable, but Paul Thomas Anderson proves this not to be the case. That Inherent Vice works can also be attributed to a considerable extent to Joaquim Phoenix. You could meet his detective Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello somewhere between The Big Lebowski and The Big Sleep: heart in the right place, huge sideburns and an even bigger appetite for marihuana.
The 1970s: Doc is investigating the disappearance of an ex, but the case gets more complicated at every turn - and more mysterious, and more dicey. Is the danger emanating from neo-Nazis, a drug cartel or is it a sinister conspiracy by dentists? As the weed smoke thickens, paranoia and confusion grow. The audience also loses the trail, but this is exactly what is supposed to happen and a big part of the fun.
After his two previous heavy films, Inherent Vice finds Anderson in considerably more lighthearted mood. Not that this makes this trippy film noir any the less brilliant - on the contrary.

Filmmaker
Paul Thomas Anderson
Premiere
International premiere
Country
USA
Year
2014
Medium
DCP
Length
148’
Language
English
Producer
JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi
Production Company
Ghoulardi Film Company, Warner Bros. Pictures
Sales
Warner Bros. Pictures
Writer
Paul Thomas Anderson, Thomas Pynchon
Cinematography
Robert Elswit
Editor
Leslie Jones
Production Design
David Crank
Sound Design
Chris Scarabosio
Music
Jonny Greenwood
Cast
Joaquin Phoenix, Joanna Newsom
Website
http://inherentvicemovie.com