Inspired by the life and songs of Bob Dylan, 'I'm Not There' is a profoundly personal and passionate film that captures the essence of this elusive genius. Six different actors including Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere and Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett each embody part of the Dylan legend: from Greenwich to Village folk singer to electric guitar trailblazer to born-again preacher.
Who would have thought that if 4 actors of the caliber of Ledger, Bale Gere and Blanchett played the same (male) person that the female would give the best performance. A bit of panto perhaps? The name Bob Dylan is never referred to which feels as if the film couldn't afford the royalties. Most of the film shows Dylan as a heavy smoking arty intellectual who turns most questions round to the enquirer. Hardly riveting stuff. I found it pretty boring even though I liked Dylan in the 70's. He is hardly relevant now and the film should have tried harder to appeal to those of us who are not disciples.