I’m Not There

November 30th, 2007 by exolstice


If you’re in the mood for a straightforward biopic about the life and times of Bob Dylan, prepare to be disappointed. However, if you’re looking for a non-linear story about his life, most of which never happened, and all of it setup in a surreal quasi-dreamlike way, then you’ve come to the right place!

Bob Dylan is portrayed in the movie by six different actors, one of which is a black kid (Marcus Carl Franklin) and another is a woman (Cate Blanchett) who amazingly looks and acts more like Bob Dylan than any of the male actors. All the players involved did a great job as well. In any case, if you aren’t prepared to accept different actors playing the “same” role, you shouldn’t even attempt to see this movie. There’s also the fact that none of the “versions” in the movie are actually referred to as Bob Dylan, they all have different names, none of which were actually pseudonyms he used (I looked it up). Some of these version even cross paths at certain points in the movie. Confused yet? Well since the movie jumps from persona to persona after every scene, and sometimes mid-scene, your confusion is bound to grow as the movie progresses instead of diminish.

Despite all that, I have to say I enjoyed the movie for the most part. I thought it dragged a bit near the end, mainly because it seemed like the movie ended, and then a new scene would start. Overall, if you go in with an open mind and like to be challenged, you should enjoy it. I’m not even going to attempt to explain what it all means, it was strange and confusing, just like the real man? I don’t know.


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