The first David Lynch film I ever saw in my life it left and unforgettable impression that has never faded or gone away from the first time I saw the credits roll. There is something so mysteriously captivating about this film which embodies and exemplifies so much of Lynch's powers in a single work. Blue Velvet might be his best film but Mulholland Drive is the best example of him as a filmmaker.
Being deliberately quirky and confusing for the sake of being quirky and confusing isn't clever or artistic. This entire movie and the guy who directs it comes off as: "Babies First Surrealist Movie" or Surrealism for Dummies. This is my first David Lynch movie and consequently, my last :)
Screening, re-watch ~ A surreal Hollywood-through-a-peephole neo-noir infused with broken hearts. Trying to connect the scenes into a coherent narrative makes them more evasive and prone to slip back into the subconscious. Not my favorite Lynch, but the best emulation of a dream I have ever seen (I can say that, because I've seen some weird shit masquerading as real world things in my own dream world).
Lynchian dream logic at its most haunting, and I do mean haunting... This movie will get at you, in scenes like the Spanish version of Roy Orbison's "crying" at the Club Silencio... Oh and Naomi Watts is superb, as usual. And she's gorgeous (sorry that's my male reproductive gaze talking) A ballad to shattered dreams and thwarted love, this slowburn drama, like most Lynch, takes multiple viewings to truly appreciate,
I'm baffled that so many people fell for this. Beautiful visuals but empty emotional pornography and voyeurism - jarring tone shifts felt like being in a manual transmission car with a student driver. If all reality and identity is fluid why the hell do I care what happens to anyone (I loved Blue Velvet btw)
One of the best movies ever made about the Hollywood circus, specially if you're ingenuous, from a small town, dreamy, kind and a helpful soul, in a cage full of snakes. Pretty sure Lynch distilled his own experiences in the ring. Acid, surgical and straight to the point. Masterpiece.
I've never been able to quite appreciate Lynch--his flashy extremities and surfaces; his fixation on grotesque violence and nightmarish absurdity; his caricatural pastiche of genres and tropes, making empathy impossible. At times he seems to embody the worst of Jamesonian postmodernism, creating an army of cold, detached, quasi sociopathic viewers. Tho some of this was fascinating—one world is the other reshuffled.
A puzzle daring its viewers to try and piece it together, Mulholland Drive is as fascinating as it is inscrutable. The film, with its tightly-acted vignettes and a plot that meanders with purpose, is hypnotic to watch as it pulls off the neat trick of leaving audiences with little-to-no clue of what actually happens, while keeping you engaged all the while. A film for those who love to be spellbound
(4.5 stars) When I originally saw this in the theatre back in 2001, I absolutely hated it. Rewatching it after many years have passed... Damn, I think I love it. The first two hours are a great mystery thriller. The last 30 minutes is absolutely batshit crazy. Lynch really is a master of creating tension and an ominous mood. He does it really, really, REALLY well. I'm sure I will rewatch and find even more to love.
David Lynch mixes the perfect amount of mystery, seduction, and angst in this formalism neo-noir film. Viewers are taken on an eerie, confusing journey as the narrative is not linear. Lynch and Naomi Watts are a dream team in this equally dreamy film. With Watts’ mesmerizing and heartbreaking performance mixed with Lynch’s manipulation, the end result is truly gripping and worthy of a rewatch.
This movie was full of surprises. And questions. Each character was brought into the movie with such mystery and oddity, and it really created a feeling of unease throughout the film. Many scenes lacked background music, which further added to the intensity. Overall, it was an interesting film.
Mulholland drive is an ambiguous horror story. The constant reality changes are a fascinating aspect about this movie. Lynch uses confusion and suspense to really engage the audience. The film makes you keep wanting to watch more to discover new evidence about the plot so you can fill the huge blanks that Lynch left out, however some blanks were not filled and in return must be filled by the audiences imagination.
This film was very much confusing. Overall, I don't necessarily like it. The acting, especially in the first 1 1/2 hours, was the worse part of the movie to me, but I couldn't tell if it was on purpose or not. Because once latter scenes came into play, appearing to be set in alternative universes, the acting seemingly balanced out the movie and its effectiveness. Still, in in the end, the plot was never made clear.
I have never seen any of David Lynch’s work and was hopeful but left not understanding anything. The acting ranges from awful to good depending on what was occurring which leads to the belief that it was intentional. The story is all over the place and never pulls together enough to make any sense, leaving it to the viewer to decide. Usually I enjoy this, but there is just too much wrong to justify a second viewing.