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Closer look. Inherent Vice
by Oli Wapshott | 1st Feb 2015
Closer look. Inherent Vice

A permanently stoned P.I. Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) leads us through the hilarious, chaotic, trippy world of LA in the 70s in the most compelling pillar of neo-noir since The Big Lebowski.

Based on the book by Thomas Pyncheon (author V for Vendetta) the excellent cast featuring Josh Brolin as a deranged cop, Reese Witherspoon as sassy city attorney/Doc's sometime squeeze, and Benicio Del Torro as the shady source, to name a few, are superbly marshalled by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) who provides yet another fascinating narrative on 20th century lifestyle on the West Coast. A worthy Oscar hopeful.