even back when i was of a darker turn of mind, this (the title functions as a description of the m.o.) detour for Lynch from his oft obsession with the dark side affected me....now that I've lost all my immediate family, and have news of a new little cousin on the way, i think I'll pay this movie another two hours of my mind....
The idea of Lynch making a G-rated Disney sounds like a joke, but it's unmistakably his right down to the sound design, even if it focuses on the benevolent side of him that tends to get overshadowed by transgression. An ode to the heartland attuned to both beauty and everyday oddness. A sign that even without murder or metaphysics, Lynch could still see the town of Twin Peaks as a place both wonderful and strange.
The best work of Lynch for me. Very good and intelligent use of helicopter and crane shots (Freddie Francis). Commendable performances by all. Hope it is widely seen. Production designer Jack Fisk designs good, credible cinema. Farnsworth ought to have won the Oscar he was nominated for.
Quite an unusual achievement from Lynch and such a different path from his usual style. A warm and humanist story of a man who obstinately but calmly sets to do something that others don't necessarily understand. The incorporation of sounds (the wind, the engine of the lawnmower...) is actually very much Lynch, so maybe this is just the other side of the coin instead of being a completely different animal altogether.
For those who doubted giving 5 stars.. Lynch, in his mid 50s, shoots a road movie on a real story with aged an old man hero in.. Meditation on existentialism, on life, values.. On another hand it's a simple structured movie, straight movie, yet another sign of a mature master overcoming obstacles on the way of absolute freedom of thinking and filmdirecting( Bertolucci- the Bieseged, Egoyan- with his latest works)..
If David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Wim Wenders all sat down and had a coffee & this coffee had a womb, this would be their lovechild. A perfect, warm and loving road movie, filled with philosophical undertones, but ahead of everything else. Has values and truth that reassures you that maybe humanity is not all that doomed. A simple story of a simple man on a not simple journey, Lynch's most transcendental film