There’s a lot of questions being asked in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, but don’t expect any answers. At least not in this first outrageous trailer. What you will get, however, is plenty of `70s inspired jargon to go along with a missing persons investigation. Based on a novel written by Thomas Pynchon, it has Joaquin Phoenix as a pot smoking private eye stuck in the middle of a zany plot involving an ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend, and a kidnapping. Or something like that. There is a bevy of characters and peculiar situations to make sense of, so good luck trying. The fun can be seen above in the embedded trailer courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
Inherent Vice stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph and Michael K. Williams.
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin . . . well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused — except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists . . . Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp — all Thomas Pynchon.
Inherent Vice investigates US theaters on December 12, 2014 and UK theaters on January 30, 2015.