On the whole I agree with what is being said before me. The film felt spot-on for me only sporadically
- and Eraserhead is my #1 favorite film. Though the film does achieve, in discreet moments, a sort of complex philosophical catharsis that has reduced me (lifted me?) to tears on several occasions. Such moments for me are: Laura Dern watching herself watch herself in the theatre and the hug with Dern and the girl watching the TV the whole time while the TV captures the TV captures the TV, which creates an endless loop, a universe of its own -- something I often muse about when I catch myself between two facing mirrors.
But on the whole, it’s too student film for me. Too grainy. I much prefer the beautiful celluloid elegance on Mulholland Dr. Some parts like the meeting with “the psychiatrist” at the top of the staircase work well in a grainy print, others, like the scenes in the opulent house, do not.
A very interesting film about reality, subconscious, but yes, I agree with the opinion that Lynch didn’t hit gold here: it becomes muddied and goofy with all the ridiculous things he puts in it (i.e.: “you need to wear the watch and burn a hole in the cloth with a cigarette, then LOOK THROUGH THE HOLE…….”).
I mean, come on, enough is enough, even for a Lynch fan like me.