Cert: 15 Runtime: 147 mins Director: David Lynch Cast: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Robert Forster, Billy Ray Cyrus and Michael J. Anderson
It’ll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be somebody else
David Lynch’s work has been on my mind recently, I am starting to gather his work and analysing them. Mulholland Drive seems to be his biggest critical success. A few years ago I watched it but didn’t really get it, but now after maturing like a fine wine I was ready to go down Mulholland Drive yet again. What is Mulholland Drive about you ask? A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.
The key to Mulholland Dr. is to imagine that you’re dreaming. In your dream, you’re with a good friend, but there’s something different about them. You’re in a house that’s strangely familiar, but you’re certain you’ve never been there before. Your friend leads you down a dark hallway and you follow. Something in your gut tightens. You stop and call out your friend’s name, but you realize that you’re alone. You can’t breathe. You can see the light at the end of the hallway, a soft glow, and you know that something wonderful or terrifying (or both) is waiting for you just around the corner.That kind of uneasy excitement is what I felt throughout the entire running time of Mulholland Drive, which may be the best film David Lynch has ever made along with Blue Velvet. Mulholland Drive reaches another level entirely, playing on the emotions with a ruthless precision that’s absolutely stunning and makes you even go to extreme lengths to question your own sanity…a film that can achieve this deserves all the praise it gets.The plot sounds simple, but it’s not. It certainly ain’t, keep in mind, this is a David Lynch movie.
In the last half of the film, a transformation process happens and everything is messed up. Nothing is clear, and every scene seems like assorted pieces to a puzzle that has been dropped all over the place. And that is what is so amazing; Mulholland is intriguing and will not fade on multiple viewings like many films of its kind. It becomes a completely different experience/interpretation every time.This is a movie that makes cinema feel exciting again. It takes you so deep into its world that it ceases being a movie and becomes an experience. It keeps you on edge, laughing in morbid delight at one moment, then recoiling in fear the next. Consider, for instance, the hilarious sequence in which a hit man’s simple hit goes terribly awry, one little mistake starting a domino effect that causes things to go from bad to worse as he realizes that this just isn’t his day. It is like being on a thrill ride, a roller coaster that has many different aspects, many different turns that evoke a new feeling each time. Mulholland Dr. is clearly going to go down as a cinematic masterpiece. Just go ahead and watch it, twice and then again. You wont be watching the same film all three times, I guarantee it.