Lynch is an excellent storyteller and the film does an excellent job of showcasing his art work in full. It's pretty cool watching him paint, looking at his older works while listening to him discuss his creative journey throughout the years up until Eraserhead.
There can't be many people who don't prefer Lynch's filmmaking to his visual art, which often provides a sticky infantile concentration of the primal fecal-fetal abjectness that constantly thrums underneath his films. However, it provides a far more direct means of accessing the man's psyche and he is a fascinating man and artist. This is a straightforward doc about what must remain inarticulate. More Nance needed.
David Lynch talking openly about his life leading up to Eraserhead. Like his films his life seems to be a mixture of the ordinary and the odd. Loving parents, childhood in suburbia, playing war with friends and painting, yet told by Lynch himself they receive a mythical dimension. As valuable as the stories are the moments when we see Lynch doing his paintings, or just smoking and looking somewhere we can’t see.
Wonderful insight into the development of a brilliant mind. One of the most engaging and interesting documentaries I have seen. I could definitely watch Lynch painting and smoking whilst listening to his hypnotising voice relate stories of his early years for longer than an hour and a half. And I absolutely can relate to his early aspirations of living a life of coffee and art! Goals.
A lovely personal portrait that gave us a very good idea of the everyday-lynch behind the art and films. It's that same mundanity that gets a little tiresome and one can't help but wonder what may have been, had the directors had pushed a little harder. 2.5 stars