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I'm Not There

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Well-acted, mature Dylan biopic for big fans only.

Movie R 2007 135 minutes
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Haynes is, stylistically, a master of his craft, and his film is a moving, innovative tribute to Dylan. It's likely that I'm Not There will one day be studied in graduate film courses. But audiences less interested in style than substance will have to make do with Blanchett's sublime performance and the notable work of Bale, Franklin, and Gainsbourg. Each story is also strengthened by its own color palette and accompanying Dylan song.

With such a stream-of-consciousness approach to Dylan's essence, those without extensive background knowledge of the man and his art are left out of the collective joke/excitement/nostalgia. By the time the real singer plays his harmonica, in close-up, at the very end, we've come no further in understanding who the real Dylan is or was -- but it's fascinating, albeit at times frustrating, to guess which parts Haynes got right.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 21, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: May 5, 2008
  • Cast: Cate Blanchett , Christian Bale , Heath Ledger
  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Inclusion Information: Gay directors, Female actors
  • Studio: Weinstein Co.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 135 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, some sexuality and nudity.
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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