Though I have yet to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, it’s on WGTC critics Sam Woolf and Matt Donato‘s top-films-of-the-year lists, and with Oscar buzz building for the groovy detective story, the flick is certainly on my watchlist. It will expand nationwide on January 9th, and in order to get the word out, Warner Bros. has released five terrific character posters for Inherent Vice, featuring hand-drawn versions of several main characters.
WB is known for its character one-sheets, but these new posters are far more appealing and in line with the psychedelic vibes of Anderson’s film than I had hoped for.
Check them out below – currently, there’s artwork featuring Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson and Hong Chau – and let us know what you think. I’m also throwing in a neon-lit poster for Inherent Vice, simply because it’s one of the most terrific posters of the year.
“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.