Paul Thomas Anderson's “Inherent Vice” is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival within the week. It might be a subversive addition to the race or, like some have been surmising, it might not be an awards season player at all. But who cares? The trailer just dropped and, uh, it looks awesome!
A source tipped us off a number of months back that Anderson's film was dipping into Zucker Bros.-style humor and an overall “Big Lebowski” vibe (not to be reductive). Anderson is now playing up the Zucker element in media, actually, and it's just very clear that this is going to be a very different PTA experience.
In the first trailer for the film, Joaquin Phoenix looks like he's going to some fascinating places and even adding a swatch of physical comedy. Everyone featured looks hugely committed and the environment Anderson and his design and camera teams has conjured just oozes and pops. I can't wait to see this, and Robert Elswit's gorgeous 35mm photography, on the big screen.
Check out the trailer above and tell us what you think.
“Inherent Vice” opens Dec. 12.