I can’t say I found the film to coalesce into something truly enlightening. But then again, that’s part of the point, that’s Haynes using cinema as a vessel for Dylan’s rhetoric, that of the contradictory, (non-)bullshit, fragmented mind, less concerned about making sense and more interested in reaching for truth and beauty. Blanchett is transcendent. Full review: https://letterboxd.com/fifeco/film/im-not-there/
The idiosyncratic schizoid genius of the one and only Bob Dylan, pasted right into sight and sound unfiltered, undiluted, uncaring. The only way to portray all of his masks is through a film that tells its truth by lying its ass off, with artifice stacked upon artifice, elusively screaming at us that truth lies not only on what is said, but mostly on what's left hidden behind the tongue.
Over ten years later Haynes audacious and challenging take on the Dylan myth and persona seems even more powerful, interesting and entertaining. Dylan is represented in a number of 'characters' and played by various actors with astonishing results. For the Dylanologist this is nirvana but perhaps might be a little out there for the casual or non-fan. Exceptionally crafted by the director.
...or the many faces of Bob Dylan. This is a film that can make those who are only mildly interested in the man love him. There is a lot of great music, excellent dialogue and the fact that one use different actors to portrait the artist's many facets is intriguing. Cate Blanchett blows them all out of the water though. Charlotte is again completely gorgeous too - love her legs !!!
With this film Todd Haynes did nothing less than re-invent the biopic genre. He replaced the standard hero narration with a fragmentation of Dylan's identity by tracing different myths and discourses which developped around his person and life. In combining this strategy with changing cinematic techniques and stylistic features he created a multifaceted, multipespectivic view on an important artist.
Without a deep and personal connection to Dylan this film likely won't hit the right strings. It's not an easy task to capture Dylan's journey, personality, and memory through film - Haynes takes an audacious and respectable attempt in "I'm Not There." A concept and style that will likely influence many.
The first art film I found for myself and therefore holds a very special place in my heart. With one of the greatest pop soundtracks of all time, of course. The truly brilliant piece of brechtian filmmaking and acting is the Cate Blanchett part in which you have to look at the real deal to see the difference.