The Riddle of Bob Dylan
When you watch ‘I’m not there’, keep an open mind. If you are ‘all there’ you won’t be able to survive the first few minutes, so turn off the DVD player after reading the title and put on Grey’s Anatomy. This movie will kill you.
But if you aren’t, keep moving forward. Pay attention. To the camera tricks, the symbolism, the craziness, the haziness, the drug-taking narrative that disappears into stumbling words and fading images. You will realize what it is to turn a person into a film- not turn his life into one, don’t get me wrong here- turn a mind, soul and body into a two hour fifteen minute synopsis.
This is the film Picasso would have made for Bob Dylan. This is the film Dylan would have made for Dylan.
This is the film that should have won Cate Blanchett her second Oscar.
Don’t expect a narrative, don’t expect a plot. Don’t expect figuring out why the name Bob Dylan is never used throughout the movie. You can’t look up the people because all of them have aliases, so there is no Jack Rollins, Jude Quinn or Robbie Clarke. But then, what else do you expect from a movie called what it’s called?
Watch ‘I’m not there’ if you love Film and film making, Dylan, or Cate Blanchett. This is one of the few reasons we should not give up on Hollywood.