Befitting the subject of the movie, Todd Haynes's I'm Not There, in which one actress and five actors play Bob Dylan at different stages of his life (although none of the characters is named Dylan), is created from a mind-bending screenplay and Dylan's mind-bending music. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times predicts that the film is "likely to confuse or baffle" some but that he himself responded "with a wry admiration for the enormous risks Todd Haynes has taken here." More directly, A.O. Scott writes in the New York Times that the film "respects the essential question Mr. Dylan's passionate followers have always found themselves asking -- What does it mean? -- without forgetting that the counter-question Mr. Dylan has posed is more challenging and, for a movie, more important: How does it feel?" Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer is not about to get all metaphysical in coming up with descriptions of the film. He writes plainly: "Haynes juggles the facts, plays fast and loose, but serves up images, and songs that are as much a part of the collective pop consciousness as anything the 20th century produced. On top of all that, the thing's just plain beautiful, and fun." On the other hand, Claudia Puig concludes in USA Today: "is an undeniable enigma, this unconventional film does little to illuminate him. And it's not nearly as enjoyable as one of his rambling, meditative songs, though perhaps it is aspiring to be the cinematic equivalent. Give me 'Tangled Up in Blue' any day over this incoherent, tangled trip."




21/11/2007