There was a sharp pain when it was announced that director Todd Haynes would be crafting a Bob Dylan bio-pic, featuring six different actors as the vocally challenged musician. Each of the six different actors would represent a different time period of the superstar; furthermore each segment would be filmed in a visual style appropriate to the character.
The movie was approved by Bobby D. himself, but we still couldn’t help but feeling like this was the work of A) a rank amatuer B) Someone still at NYU film school or C) a lunatic. Never did option D) “Hey this is a cool idea! Why hasn’t this been done before?” enter into the equation.
And now that the first footage has leaked online of Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan meeting up with the Beat poet Allen Ginsburg (David Cross) for the first time, it’s safe to say this thing is going to be an utter trainwreck. It’s almost fitting in a way, since so much of Dylan’s career was like one glorious trainwreck.
So just to be sure:
Dylan = Greatness. This movie = not so much.
Oddly, Blanchett plays the part well, but when Cross rolls up in his golf cart, the scene takes on a Mr. Show type of feel. But then maybe that’s what Todd Haynes is going for. The other actors involved in depicting Mr. Dylan are Christian Bale, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw.
I’m Not There sings its way into theaters on 9.21.07
Take the jump for some actual Dylan highlights and just for kicks we’ll toss you some Mr. Show as well.