Inherent Vice

Inherent vice Inherent vice (borrow it from us) is the first novel by Thomas Pynchon to be made into a film and it is released in the UK on 30th January.

Synopsis: It’s a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Doc soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions …

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, ‘ a pothead private eye’ with ex-girlfriend Shasta played by Katherine Waterston. Land developer boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann is played by Eric Roberts. With Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna Newsom assisting.

 

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  1. Be interesting to see how this turns out. Most of Pynchon’s work is, in a very real sense, completely unfilmable as much of the beauty lies in the ideas and the sheer technical exhuberance of the prose, but this one may work quite well. If it’s been done right, it’ll have more than a touch of The Big Lebowski about it, and you can’t really go wrong with that. The novel’s not quite as heavyweight as much of Pynchon’s other work – it’s almost as if he decided to have a go at writing a Raymond Chandler novel, and it works brilliantly. Incidentally, while we’re on the subject of Pynchon, his most recent book, Bleeding Edge, is an absolutely masterful bit of writing which proves that, even at his advanced age, Pynchon has his finger right on the pulse of 21st century culture. All the more infuriating, then, to see a pretentious, ponderous tome like The Goldfinch scooping the Pulitzer Prize when Bleeding Edge wasn’t even nominated,

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