This movie has two of the best performances I have ever seen, two very good performances, one good actor working with nothing, and one absurd miscast. Cate Blanchett deserves her Oscar nomination as Dylan in his mid-60's heyday and Marcus Carl Franklin was cheated out of one as the pre-fame Dylan. That kid was incredible. Richard Gere was surprisingly good as the Country-Rock Dylan of Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding. In fact the character was an old Billy the Kid, and Dylan wrote the soundtrack to the movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. This guy I'd never heard of was very intriguing as a Dylan/Arthur Rimbaud. However Heath Ledger was given a soap opera script and Christian Bale was incredibly miscast as the protest singing Dylan. Todd Haynes makes up for this in that he is an incredibly inventive, even brilliant filmmaker. He makes six different actors playing the same real life person, but six different characters coherent and thoroughly enjoyable. Haynes and Franklin were inexcusably shut from Oscar nominations, and now Ledger is getting good reviews for his performance because he just died. But any fan of Bob Dylan or great acting or strikingly original filmmaking would love this. I'm a fan of all three.