Thursday, November 3, 2016

I'm Not There. (2007)


This film is a real Catch-22 because the only way to tell the story of a chameleon like Bob Dylan is to have the film change along with him...creating a fragmented experience that never really comes together as a cohesive whole. It's like a really great album with a few bum songs thrown in to knock you off balance. And I'm sure that really pleased Dylan. This is the man who willfully alienated most of his audience by going electric and becoming born again. While some of the metaphors, allusions and homages help to bring us deeper into Dylan's mind, others only serve to alienate us further. The result is a film that's nearly as enigmatic as its subject. It will never be a perfect film, but it is absolutely perfect in its imperfection.

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