A taste of what would-be "Twin Peaks" as this film happens to be set in a small town where everything is seemingly perfect but every character seem to have secrets and wicked sexual preferences. It even has Kyle MacLachlan in the lead role. I love the song "Blue Velvet" in it's original form but after listening to Isabella Rossellini I would hear her sing it all day to me.
While my favourite still is Inland Empire, Lynch's older films have their own pedestal for me, especially this one. An unnerving sexploitation film suggesting the indisputable voyeuristic nature of cinema. So much more enjoyable than the 2 counterparts, MD and LH.
It's such a fine piece of work that I couldn't give it less than 4 stars, but it's not a film that is especially close to my heart. It doesn't wear its neuroticism on its sleeve like 'Eraserhead'; hasn't got the sexiness nor romance of 'Wild At Heart'; the humour of 'Twin Peaks'; nor the searing humanity of 'The Elephant Man'. It's a stunningly shot world to get lost in, I just don't much like the world! Stellar cast
The sort of film that can and deserves to be watched over and over again. The opening sequence is magic. Those two and a half minutes set up everything that follows in the most perfect way. If one of the Hardy Boys had to solve a surreal film noir murder-mystery it would look something like this. Plus, Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth.
Disturbing and surrealist dive into the darkness that lies beneath the slightly campy surface of the film's world.Like the disgusting bugs that crawl under the perfectly pruned grass,the white picket fences and seemingly conventional relationships hide an absurd world of sexual perverts and body mutilation.With that said-this lacks the cohesiveness and impact of Mulholland in story,image and psychological depth.