Review Date: January 05, 2000
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Producers: Joanne Sellar
Julianne Moore as Linda Partridge
Tom Cruise as Frank Mackey
John C. Reilly as Jim Kurring
William H. Macy as Donnie Smith
Of course, all of these serious subjects were tackled admirably by a formidable crew including extremely solid performances by little Timmy Cruise, the always-reliable Philip Baker Hall and William H. Macy, and a superb showing by Melora Walters. Julianne Moore was her usual solid self, but I couldn't help but feel like she had already played this drugged-up character before. The soundtrack was another successful supporting layer of this film, as was the creative eye from P.T. Anderson and the overall magical feel of the movie. I truly fell in love with the style of this film and its many intertwining stories and characters. As soon as the movie was over, I wanted to see it again and revisit the characters one more time. In fact, I can't wait to see it again after discussing its many meanings with my movie geek friends. Is everything left to chance? Will your past always affect your present? Does forgiveness and acceptance play a part in it all? A lot of puzzles, a lot of interpretations, a lot of engaging characters, and most of all, a lot of genuine entertainment. This film is apparently not intended for everyone, as witnessed by several of the walkouts during my own screening, but definitely a keeper for all fans of character-driven dramas laced with a tiny bit of humor and surreal fantasy. Love it or hate it, I think we could all agree that P.T. Anderson has quickly become synonymous with a man whose workings ooze extreme originality and excitement.
Can't wait to see his next pic. Great movie! Easily one of the year's best.