WOW! What a movie – staging, editing, acting, writing, conception. All of it.
Bob Dylan is not in this movie, except a bit at the end. And they don’t even use his name. The first actor, portraying him as an 11 or 12 year old, is an African American youth. During the time he was totally caught up in the scene in London, Cate Blanchett plays him. Other great actors are in there as well – including Richard Gere with his farseeing eyes.
Just the weaving together of the ages, the stories, the complexities is amazing to watch. And then the impact of Dylan’s words through those times. This is a film that will be remembered and watched for long, whether or not it wins the awards it deserves.
In the interest of full disclosure, let me add that Bob Dylan was born on my birthday, May 24, one year behind me. Me in 1940, he in 1941. And all the speeches in the film, taken from interviews and stories, are totally Gemini. Even the subtitle – about the many lives of Bob Dylan – is a Gemini statement. So much truth from so many directions.
This is definitely a film to see. Hope you do!