If there is a universalized demand for films that they did not achieve great numbers at the box office, is that later people begin to consider them cult works. A label that, in large part, is given to it by its fans, its consumer circuits far from the mainstream that later, paradoxically, manage to give it significance over the years.
While it is true that the goal of most films is to respond at the box office, it is also true that many films that sold many tickets are quickly forgotten, while in other cases it is completely the other way around. The example that perhaps even meant the birth of cult films is pink flamingosby John Waters, released in 1972.
In this case, HBO Max offers us a movie from the great Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice (Own vice), released in 2014. This title tells the story of Doc Sportello, starring the great joaquin phoenix, a peculiar private detective from Los Angeles. Set in the 1970s, Doc is asked for help by none other than his ex-wife (Katherine Waterston), a seductive “femme fatale”, since her lover has disappeared. This man is a real estate tycoon with some grays, who was planning to make a contribution to the society. However, Doc will quickly find himself immersed in a network of situations that will make him realize that the problem is far from being something simple.
The particularity of phoenix character, a detective with the air of a hippie, a frequent user of marijuana and with an unorthodox style, give this film, with overtones of cinema noir, a rather particular humor. The always careful photography of the anderson movies it is also a high point, with subtle transitions between the warmth of the hippie aura of its protagonist and the high contrasts of the plot.
the cast of Inherent Vice they complete it Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin Y Benicio, the bull. Perhaps this item has been the one that increased the most a budget of 20 million dollars that was far from recovering at the box office, which reached about $12 million gross. However, over time and the deepening of its content, the film began to be perceived by viewers as unique, due to its particular way of narrating a 70s police, and above all the creation of characters that fit so well with the movie universe.
Paul Thomas Anderson signs in this way a unique, captivating, mysterious and funny film, with an always sublime joaquin phoenix; a totally unmissable combo available in HBOMax.
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