Paul Thomas Anderson's rambling 'Inherent Vice' prompts cinema walk-outs
Thomas Pynchon, elusive writer of complex postmodern fiction, is not known for being an easy read. And it would appear that Oscar-nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson is not simplifying Pynchon's challenging output in his adaptation of the author's novel, Inherent Vice.
The twice Oscar-nominated film, which marks the big screen debut of harpist Joanna Newsom and stars Joaquin Phoenix, has been well received by critics. However, some cinemagoers have been struggling to stay put through Inherent Vice's mumbled dialogue and disjointed plot and walked out.
Then other people tweeted about them walking out before the end of the 148 minute film. These are some of the best tweets:
At least 4 separate groups of people walked out from #InherentVice last night. Often a good sign of a film! Was messy, confusing and fun— Brian Hayes Curtin (@BHayesCurtin) February 3, 2015
Saw Inherent Vice and around a quarter of the audience walked out. I liked it – v v funny. Surely no one was expecting it to make sense?— Luiza Sauma (@luizasauma) February 2, 2015
Lost the will to live watching Inherent Vice and walked out. Does that make mean uncultured? Probably...— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) January 31, 2015
Walked out of Inherent Vice. Understood so little of plot or dialogue, I worried I 'd had a stroke.— Philip Hensher (@PhilipHensher) February 1, 2015
The Dude would have walked out of this movie 30 minutes ago. #InherentVice— Hallelujah Kiefer (@HalleKiefer) December 30, 2014
more people walked out of inherent vice than i've seen in a long time.— sailingfanblues (@sailingfanblues) January 4, 2015
So how many people walked out of your screening of Inherent Vice?— Melody Yoncé Lau (@melodylamb) January 11, 2015