Sometimes a movie can be so disorienting you leave the theater wondering who did what. Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice is just one of those movies. You never really quite know what's going on and feel almost as lost as the main character. One of the elements that adds to this perplexing feeling is the soundtrack. The majority of it was composed by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, who's no stranger to Paul Thomas Anderson productions. The two previously worked together on There Will Be Blood and The Master both of which proved to be excellent combinations of visual and sound. Greenwood's nine compositions are his most conventional yet, however he moves through John Williams and Morricone-esque pieces with grace. These pieces add a lushness to the film that is offset by the other selections in the soundtrack. These include Can's "Vitamin C," Minnie Riperton's " Les Fleurs," and loungey exotica of Les Baxter's "Simba." The juxtaposition of these disparate pieces of music adds to the the mystery and confusion surrounding the main character in the film.
- music label: Nonesuch 2015
reviewed by Michu Meszaros 03/2015