Review: I’m Not There (RATING:7/10)6 January, 2008
I’m not sure how much I can really say about this movie. I liked it a lot, but I didn’t understand it all. Perhaps this is because I don’t really know too much about Bob Dylan; I read his autobiography, Chronicles, but that was nearly as confusing as the movie, as well as being some time ago, so I don’t remember it all that well.
This movie had a point it was making, I think. Unlike “Donnie Darko” (in my opinion), rather than being on the surface a deep movie and really being pointless, I think “I’m Not There” really did have a deeper meaning. That being said, I couldn’t tell you what it is.
The format of the film is very interesting, with six different actors (that number could be wrong) playing various personas of Dylan. Including Cate Blanchett, whose portrayal really is dead-on. And with the wig, she really looks like him, too. Christian Bale is good but underused, and Heath Ledger and Richard Gere also play their parts well.
Really, my main impression of this movie was that it was very fun to watch. And maybe it would be more meaningful if the viewer knew a lot about Bob Dylan and his phases. But that’s certainly not necessary. It was enjoyable, and you can feel sophisticated while watching it. So go out and see it, if it’s anywhere near you (it’s mostly in art cinemas, I think).