Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Blue Velvet is a 1986 American film written and directed by David Lynch. The film tells the story of a college student named Jeffrey Beaumont, who comes across a human ear in a grass field, in his idealized American hometown of Lumberton, after visiting his ill father in hospital. He proceeds to investigate the ear with assistance from Sandy Williams, who provides him with information and leads from her father, a local police detective. Jeffrey's investigation draws him deeper into his hometown's seedy underworld, and sees him forming a sexual relationship with the alluring torch singer, Dorothy Vallens, who may be connected to the ear, and uncovering a breed of criminals, including Frank Booth, who engage in drug abuse and sexual violence.
Before watching this film I thought the villain in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover was the root of all evil, but apparently there is a bigger villain. For me, the surrealism and film noir exhibited in this film work wonders, in a classic film where special effects is irrelevant, and the power of the characters dominates the narrative. I found the film awkward to watch at times because of the power of the sexual abuse scenes, however it did remind me of a Quentin Tarantino style of violence but with a better narrative and less focus on the gore. Similar to poltergeist, the intensity in this film works wonders and your always kept wondering what happens next. It was clear that the film was named after the song of the same name, considering it was played countless amounts of times. However, I found, at times, the storyline to be quite confusing in the middle with the introduction of many new characters, but by the end I fully understood who was who and how they played a part in the overall narrative. I particularly enjoyed the scene in the latter stages where the man was standing half dead with blood pouring from him. It is films like these that has made David Lynch so highly regarded as a director in the film industry.