CINEMA REVIEW: Inherent Vice (15)

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DON’T waste your money on this film – anything that’s worth seeing is in the trailer.

The two-minute teaser for Inherent Vice sold the flick as an outrageously funny comic thriller.

But what the full-length feature delivered was a confusing and slow-moving non-sensical plot.

I did let out the occasional giggle, but each of those humorous moments had already featured in the trailer, and probably seemed a lot funnier in comparison to the rest of the film.

Set in 1970, it follows private investigator Doc (Joaquin Phoenix) who is approached by his old girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston) who wants him to investigate a plot to have her billionaire lover sectioned in a mental institute.

And that’s pretty much where my understanding ends.

After that, he encounters a number of different characters and the film goes off on so many tangents that it’s just impossible to keep up.

The flick boasts a star-studded line-up including Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short and Josh Brolin, but even that can’t save it.

Based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon, the film seems to go on forever.

Movies are getting longer, with most these days lasting around two hours, but they get away with it by keeping the audience so gripped they don’t realise the time whizzing by.

This two-and-a-half hours, however, were some of the longest and most confusing of my life.

Inherent Vice is out now. See it at Cineworld Boldon. Click here to book tickets.

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