Saturday, 14 June 2008
I'm Not There 
There’s a saying in music circles that if one has ever heard music, he must have heard Beethoven, Beetles and Dylan. This surreal, quirky, stylized (and I daresay, heavily cerebral) movie is a convoluted biopic of the poet, the preacher, the philosopher, the songwriter, the protest singer, the rebel, the outlaw, and the unparalleled voice of a generation, who all went by the name of Bob Dylan. Instead of just following the life of Dylan, this offbeat movie has captured his various alter-egos (six brilliant performances have brought an assorted, albeit eclectic, stages of Dylan and his times) and has portrayed his thoughts and ideas. The movie, which is so European in its feel and execution, and so not American, is as irreverent, iconoclastic, ground-breaking and anti-establishmentarian as the great man himself was (and still is). Great performances by the ensemble cast (including Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Christian Bale, etc), backed by a terrific soundtrack peppered with the quintessential voice and words of the celebrated troubadour, have made watching this otherwise difficult movie a unique and exhilarating experience.
Director: Todd Haynes
Genre: Drama/Biopic/Avant-Garde/Experimental/Musical Drama