Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm Not There + Todd Haynes

Years late I have finally seen Todd Haynes' film about Dylan. I am not a Dylan fan and this is probably why I didn't rush to see it - also the idea of Cate Blanchett as Dylan was really unappealing. I shouldn't have delayed - it really is, like everything Todd Haynes that I have seen, brilliant. It is so complex and layered - a mix of extreme fantasy and recreated documentary - a sort of biopic and a history of American popular music. A twisted tale of the American Dream gone wrong, the hopelessness of fame, the stupidness of religion... its all there. I still blanch at Blanchett and Christian Bale as Dylan is sooo wrong but it is a masterpiece. Almost up there with one of my favourite films ever (also by Todd Haynes) which I urge you to check out Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (its banned but you can watch it here )