In a California beach community, private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc’s help; it seems that Shasta’s current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.
This movie.. was fun and amazing and surprising.
It’s dark and spins and twists.
The drugs elements play a part to the story, but if you’re not a part of that world or interested do play a big part to the story.
Joaquin Phoenix plays his role fully.. in an almost Johnny Depp’ esque mastery.. if you know what we mean.
There is a few castings.. we’d have suggested changing out.. but we’ll be nice for now..
There were also some gems.. the fact that they were filming in LA may have made that easier.
If you’ve ever visited there.. you’ll know the places and the “vibe” – think Venice beach at night.. and the contrast..
Rich => Power => Sex => Corruption
One of our favourite characters is Jade.. for so many reasons..
What’s real.. what’s paranoia.. enjoy the ride..
If you’ve seen Mulholland Drive this isn’t as dark.. but resonants with that original energetic.
Yes.. hard to describe without giving away the plots.. Yes extreme in places.. and yes possibly 15-30mins too long.. but all in all .. a movie that shows what film making can be .. and a great contrast to Kingsman.. out at the same time..