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‘ In­her­ent vice’ is a term used in in­sur­ance which refers to an ob­ject that is fun­da­men­tally un­sta­ble and rep­re­sents a risk to the in­surer. I had time to look that up dur­ing Paul Thomas An­der­son’s lat­est, and many more things be­sides.

That’s not to say that I dis­liked the pic­ture, but this sprawl­ing 148 minute dude- de­tec­tive flick has at least two me­an­der­ing scenes for ev­ery mo­ment which fur­thers the plot and is built around a kind of fuzzy stoner logic that never re­ally crosses over into the ra­tio­nal. But that’s by de­sign. An­der­son mod­elled the film ex­actly ( of­ten down to the word) on Thomas Pyn­chon’s 2009 novel, and its loose and lop­ing stride is trans­lated per­fectly, right down to the odd mo­ments of hu­mour and odder mo­ments of en­tirely dif­fer­ent things. In­her­ent Vice is many things but the clos­est would prob­a­bly be a com­edy, at least that’s what I’m in­fer­ring from the amount of times Joaquin Phoenix falls over. The gags come pretty fast which gives the illusion of mo­men­tum for at least the first 90 min­utes. Phoenix is ter­rific, play­ing a use­less de­tec­tive in the worst kind of scrapes. There’s a touch of The Dude about him cer­tainly, but he’s also his own unique char­ac­ter, prone to wan­der­ing off mid- sen­tence and in­tense ex­pres­sions of con­fu­sion, pretty much in line with the au­di­ence. The rest of the ( mas­sive) cast does good work too – es­pe­cially Brolin who I wouldn’t have pegged for a comedic role. It’s a film full of broad mo­ments and over the top char­ac­ters but they rarely grate, and An­der­son knows ex­actly when best to use the breath­tak­ing Kather­ine Water­ston. In­her­ent Vice is a sur­pris­ingly stan­dard movie, full of fun char­ac­ters, odd­ball hu­mour and quotable lines. And that’s all en­ter­tain­ing enough, but by the third hour, the lack of a dis­cernible plot re­ally starts to grate.

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