I’m Not There (2007)


“People are always talking about freedom. Freedom to live a certain way, without being kicked around. Course the more you live a certain way, the less it feel like freedom. Me, uhm, I can change during the course of a day. I wake and I’m one person, when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else. I don’t know who I am most of the time” – Billy the Kid

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Film that tries to tell the story of the life of Bob Dylan through various characters who depicts different parts of his global persona.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve never had any desire to see and the fact that I’m trying to watch all of the films which had Oscar nominated actresses in supporting roles kinda forced me to give it a try.

This was a completely crazy and incomprehensible film that didn’t make any sense to me.

There are 7 different stories being carried on at the same time and they must have a purpose but they are all presented in a very existential fashion that it makes it really difficult to actually understand everything going on since it’s mostly metaphorical.

They basically give us a mess of a film that has 7 interwoven stories that are connected to one another yet at the same time very disconnected.

Things get so crazy that at a certain point it truly seems as if they expect someone to be high on something in order to get some kind of enjoyment out of this film.

I’m sure that fans of Bob Dylan will enjoy this film immensely but for someone like me who doesn’t care much about him either way, it wasn’t easy trying to get through this film.

I think I can sort of understand how Cate Blanchett could get nominated for an Oscar for her performance here, but I’m still not 100% convinced it was such a great performance.

Bottom Line – This was such a crazy film and didn’t make much sense. the various stories all seems to have a purpose, yet this are presented in such an existential way that it’s quite hard to fully comprehend what they are trying to tell us here. Instead we get a mess where seven concurrent stories are inter-spliced together to a point where it seems as if one needs to possibly be high in order to get enjoyment from it.  This is the kind of film that I’m sure fans of Dylan will enjoy immensely, but for someone who just likes his music and cares little one way or another about his personality, this was a chore to get through.  I think that I can sorta understand how Blanchett could get nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role here, but I’m still not sold on it.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Todd Haynes needed to get approval from Bob Dylan to use his music, since (unlike in his Velvet Goldmine (1998) where David Bowie did not give his permission for his music) he felt the film would not work without it. At the encouragement of Dylan’s manager, Haynes wrote a one-page summary of his concept and the characters, which Dylan approved. It took another 6 years to get the film made due to funding difficulties. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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3 thoughts on “I’m Not There (2007)

  1. I agree with you on the story. It is a mess and I have no idea what its about either. I just liked watching Cate Blanchett and others do impersonations of Dylan. Since I’m from Minnesota and so is he. its cool to see a movie done on your natives.

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