Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s hypnotically delightful Inherent Vice is one of my favorite films of 2014, and pretty soon folks all across the country will have the opportunity to see it. While Warner Bros. is known for its rollout of character posters, the studio has gone one better for the Thomas Pynchon adaptation with a series of gorgeous, hand-drawn one-sheets that I’d love to collect. The movie itself may not be for everybody, but if you go in with an open mind and let Anderson’s storytelling wash over you, you just may find yourself swept up in the bumbling adventures of Joaquin Phoenix’s Doc Sportello with an emotional kicker to boot.
Check out the series of Inherent Vice posters after the jump, which feature Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, and Hong Chau. Inherent Vice is currently playing in New York and Los Angeles and expands to theaters nationwide on January 9th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Inherent Vice:
“Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused – except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp – all Thomas Pynchon.