Paul Thomas Anderson is officially back, folks. A mere few months before it opens in select theaters on December 12 and days before before it premieres at the New York Film Festival this weekend, Warner Bros. has finally dropped a trailer for the director’s latest, “Inherent Vice.”
The first feature film adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, “Inherent Vice” stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin, Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Benicio Del Toro, plus Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom and newcomer Katherine Waterston.
Here’s NYFF’s description of the film: Paul Thomas Anderson’s wild and entrancing new movie, the very first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is a cinematic time machine, placing the viewer deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy L.A. dope culture of the early ’70s. It’s not just the look (which is ineffably right, from the mutton chops and the peasant dresses to the battered screen doors and the neon glow), it’s the feel, the rhythm of hanging out, of talking yourself into a state of shivering ecstasy or fear or something in between. Joaquin Phoenix goes all the way for Anderson (just as he did in The Master) playing Doc Sportello, the private investigator searching for his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston, a revelation), menaced at every turn by Josh Brolin as the telegenic police detective “Bigfoot” Bjornsen. Among the other members of Anderson’s mind-boggling cast are Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Owen Wilson, and Jena Malone. A trip, and a truly great American film. A Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Watch the trailer below: