Bob Dylan is totally There
I’m Not There review
Who Should See It: Anyone who religiously wears Ray-Ban wayfarers
Who Should Not See It: Anyone who fears change
“Visionary” is the only word that comes to my mind after being blown away by the cinematic experience that is “I’m Not There.”
Digging through truth, story, and myth, writer/director Todd Haynes details the life and times of Mr. Robert Zimmerman (better known as Bob Dylan). Told in a manner unlike normal rock biography pictures, “I’m Not There” jumps at will through six different versions of Dylan’s past life. It is hard to believe that any sort of comprehensive narrative can be created with this storytelling technique, but the film is so engaging that you feel like you are actually walking in Dylan’s shoes.
Speaking of Dylan’s shoes, they are filled by six extraordinary actors and actresses. It is almost a waste of time for me to list out the names, so I will simply say that they all pull their weight. However, it is Cate Blanchett who comes closest to nailing Dylan’s persona during his European tour in the mid 60s. She will do doubt win Oscar gold for best supporting actress. I gladly bet my collection of Dylan vinyls on this prediction. Wild yet contained, Blanchett makes Dylan seem as unpredictable as a child; her performance is stunning.
Beyond the cast, the film’s strongest attribute is its cinematography. Switching from starch black and white images, to livid color, and back again, the film dazzles the eye. It is constantly changing, just like Dylan’s persona. It could not get any closer to representing Dylan’s refusal to sit still.
A film like this does not come around very often, so I highly suggest anyone to take the trip to the Oklahoma City Art Museum to see this exclusive screening. You will not regret the awesome journey that this film takes you on. Seriously, make like a rolling stone and go see it!