(glowbird) from SPOKANE, WA
Reviewed on 7/3/2018...
I found this film amusing. I think it is based more on the Dylan self-mythologizing than his real life. For example, it has been related that he made up the story of his early life, that he didn't ride the railroads (thus, the little boy with the guitar). He has claimed that Woody Guthrie was a heavy influence on his music, but he has never admitted to donning "the train-hopping, hobo persona of his troubadour hero, Guthrie." ("Positively 4th St," David Hadju). He has never acknowledged how he used people as stepping stones to buffer his career either. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Dylan fan. He is a contradiction--pursuing fame, but once achieving it, he rejected it by becoming reclusive. He never wanted to be the "voice of a generation." His interviews are nonsensical; and even one of his albums, Self Portrait, was not so much about his music as getting back at all of the people who recorded his songs. Back to I'm Not There, well, you can see bits and pieces of his story, but you'll never know what is really autobiographical and what parts are based on the mythology of Dylan. I'd suggest reading Hadju's biography and compare to Dylan's version, Chronicles, and then watch this movie. I did like this movie by-the-way.