Review: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' is a Faithful and Endearing Thomas Pynchon Adaptation

October 5, 2014 7:57 AM

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Released in 2009, Thomas Pynchon's '70-era stoner detective novel "Inherent Vice" was deemed by many diehard fans as one of the loopy writer's lesser efforts. You could pigeonhole Paul Thomas Anderson's largely faithful adaptation along similar lines, as it lacks the advanced cinematic gestures of his last few movies. But both works stand on steadier ground when considered outside their creators' other achievements.

Pynchon's book translates to the screen with a wandering narrative that's as muddled as it is endearing. It's a narrative in the grand tradition of discursive storytelling: "Inherent Vice" joins the ranks of "The Big Sleep," "The Long Goodbye," and "The Big Lebowski," shaggy dog tales of baffled pri...

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