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This sexy thriller has been acclaimed as one of the year's best films. Two beautiful women are caught up in a lethally twisted mystery - and ensnared in an equally dangerous web of erotic passion. "There's nothing like this baby anywhere! This sinful pleasure is a fresh triumph for Lynch, and one of the best films of the year. Visionary daring, swooning eroticism and colors that pop like a whore's lip gloss!" says Rolling Stone's Peter Travers. "See it… then see it again!" (Time Out New York)
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Viewers who are receptive to such a movie should, I think, find this one to be one of the best. Many critics have said that it's David Lynch's best; for me I think it's somewhere very near his Blue Velvet, which is easier to understand but not as weirdly beautiful. The visuals are stunning, the acting is powerful, the one sex scene is really hot, the caricatures are funny... in short, it's a gas.
I'm not going to describe the plot, if you're reading this review, chances are you already know what the movie is about: Weird goings on in Los Angeles. On a sidenote, this movie is the second in David Lynch's "Los Angeles Trilogy," which is comprised of "Lost Highway," this film "Mulholland Drive" and the finale "Inland Empire." Of the plot, I will say this: upon finishing the film, I was shocked at the similarities this film shares with Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." Now, it's not a rip-off of "Pulp Fiction," or even an homage to Tarantino, in fact, I think it's quite the opposite, I think this whole film is David Lynch's way of criticizing Quentin Tarantino-- here's why:
Justin Theroux's character, Adam, a film director, dresses in a similar manner to QT, so much to the point that his hair is even done up like the man's. The true nature of the film within the film he's working on is never revealed, but the character's countenance and demeanour is so evenly parallel with Tarantino that I found it hard to ignore. The second thing I noticed about this film was that it was unusually chatty for a Lynch movie. I think the only other David Lynch movies this talky are "Dune" and "Fire, Walk With Me," but with "Mulholland Drive" the dialogue is witty and sticks in your head unlike other David Lynch movies where the focus is on the scenery and symbolism. Quentin Tarantino is heralded for his dialogue and David Lynch usually tells his stories with imagery, not words. But in the scene where Adam meets the Cowboy, the dialogue is so unusually sharp that I found myself thinking I was watching another movie by an entirely different filmmaker at the moment.
Then there's the other, more common similarities, the movie has bookends in a cheap greasy diner with two characters talking, the focus is shifting around a lot between characters in a similar manner to "Pulp Fiction" and it's told out of order, in a non-linear manner very similar to Tarantino's style. Of course it's still filled with Lynch's bizarre symbolism, the old folk, the tape recorded theatre, arching lights flickering to life and far more sexual imagery than even Quentin Tarantinto is usually comfortable with, but Lynch is definitely trying to say something if not about QT than about Hollywood and filmmaking in general, the latter is fairly obvious, but for some reason I put two and two together and got Tarantino out of the equation.
The DVD has English subtitles, which is good, because most of the characters in the movie mumble and you'll find yourself rewinding to understand what they said. The special features are practically non-existent, just some information on the cast and crew and the theatrical trailer. That's okay, though. I definitely liked the movie a whole lot, which is more than I can say for my impatient eighteen year old self. I know I sound like a broken record, but "Mulholland Drive" feels like a psychological horror thriller version of "Pulp Fiction" and frankly I think that's a really cool idea and that it was executed very well by David Lynch. Check it out!
For me, there cannot be too many times. Don't waste your time with LOST HIGHWAY or INLAND EMPIRE but reward yourself with this demanding work of cinematic art.
After TWIN PEAKS ended, Lynch made a prequel of the TV show in the form of a theatrical film. It was somewhat disappointing, making one wish that he would make a true sequel to TWIN PEAKS as a cable film or another theatrical film. Too many elements were left hanging. In MULHOLLAND DRIVE.you might find yourself wishing he would make a sequel here.
The girls really kept me watching so I kept watching. Of course waiting
for both girls to do it but than I realized that I was being so promiscuous
with my thoughts so I started to try to understand why Bella was in love.
I was trying to understand why she became crazy. Than I wanted to understand
what was going on. I was lost but at the same time, my attention was held
hostage. I think I might watch it again tonight to understand the full concept of
this film. I recommended for those who like this type of /complex/insidious/surreal/creative