Friday, 1 October 2010

Mulholland Drive Review...

Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir psychological thriller written and directed by David Lynch. The surrealist film was highly acclaimed by many critics and earned Lynch the Best Director Award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Director. The film is widely regarded as one of Lynch's finest works, alongside Eraserhead (1977) and Blue Velvet (1986), and has been chosen by many critics as representing a significant perspective of the 2000s. The plot follows a bright-eyed young actress who travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. The film has you under the impression that you know where the storyline is going, but everytime you feel you have it sussed, Lynch throws in a new twist. For the first half of the film, Lynch leads you into a full sense of security making you believe you are watching a murder mystery film, but by the end of the film it's impossible to pin-point what you have actually just seen. Trying to put the pieces together in this film isn't possible and as Phil explained, Lynch likes to let the audience know that it is just a film, it isn't reality, it's a made-up story and he plays with this idea really well. The non-linear storyline begins shortly after the surreal scene in club Silencio, and from then on you are taken on a rollercoaster ride. I tried to keep up with what was happening but after a while i gave into the fact that there is no sense to this film. Despite coming out of the lesson rather confused, Mullholland Drive was an extremely interesting film and i found myself on the edge of my seat throughout, contemplating what would happen next.

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