‘Inherent Vice’ Movie Gets Big Buzz, Pretty Good Reviews

Inherent Vice

For some reason, Google Trends reports that the movie Inherent Vice has received more than 50,000 searches on January 9. Perhaps it’s because that’s a Friday, and folks are Googling around for Inherent Vice movie reviews, Inherent Vice show times, and which theaters are playing – you guessed it — Inherent Vice.

From the looks of the official trailer video for Inherent Vice on the Warner Brothers YouTube channel, the movie is a wild and trippy ride for those folks who don’t mind a bunch of violence with their crazy, long-winded speeches and over-the-top acting. But the buzz surrounding the movie speaks for itself – what with that official trailer video enjoying 3.3 million views since it was uploaded on September 29, 2014, and enough fingers searching for Inherent Vice that they’ve sent it currently to the top of Google Trends buzzing list.

What’s the big fuss about Inherent Vice? Well, a plethora of stars make their appearances in Inherent Vice, quick glimpses of famous faces that might not get as much screen time as of late such as Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Benecio del Toro, and Reese Witherspoon – but are noteworthy appearances nonetheless.

All-in-all, Oregon Live gives the R-rated Inherent Vice a solid B-plus review, which is saying a lot, because the well reviewed book the movie is based upon – Inherent Vice: A Novel – by Thomas Pynchon, is notably not your run-of-the-mill book that’s easy to throw onto the silver screen. Described as psychedelic and noir all at once, the book tracks the life spin that main character Doc Sportello undergoes when his ex-girlfriend shows up with a wacky tale about kidnapping a rich man she loves.

Inherent Vice has been critically acclaimed, reports the Inquisitr, and that’s no doubt the reason people are willing to spend two hours and 28 minutes to watch the movie. IMDb roundly gives the film a solid 7.9 out of 10 stars, while Rotten Tomatoes clocks in their ratings for Inherent Vice at 68 percent, also a pretty solid percentage when compared to other movies.

Instead of bringing Oscar buzz, Inherent Vice is being called the anti-Oscar bait – but that doesn’t mean that star Joaquin Phoenix – who plays the private dick Larry “Doc” Sportello lolling about a California beach community until fate intervenes – still can’t get Oscar attention. Phoenix brilliantly played a jealous son starved for his dad’s attention in Gladiator, a movie miles away from Inherent Vice in look and feel, one that won Phoenix his first Oscar nomination. Other Oscar nods would follow, but let’s see if Inherent Vice helps him bring it home.

[Image via Inherent Vice]