Top positive review
28 people found this helpful
on 23 July 2005
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Yes, it's a bit weird. OK, so it's not a mainstream film but then many of JJs film's aren't that mainstream. The vignettes are intricate, amusing and fascinating and often leave you wondering whether they are completely scripted or totally off-the-cuff or somewhere in between.
They have this mesmerising effect of making you feel like you are prying on the private lives of the characters in the film. Since some of them are stars in their own (non-Hollywood) right, such as Iggy Pop / Tom Waits / The White Stripes / RZA / GZA, it's as if they are giving us an insight into what they are really like when they are off stage that acting out the scenes can't quite hide.
I particularly liked the Cate Blanchett and Cate Blanchett cousins scene - I really did think they were different people for a long while. Bill Murray was brilliant and I still chuckle at Tom Waits' petulant "So you think I need drumming lessons?" to Iggy. And the Steve Coogan / Alfred Molena interlude was hilarious.
In short, it's a great film with no explosions. Put the kettle on , light a ciggy and quit griping about it being in black and white.