Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

A plucky young actress arrives in Hollywood and tries to solve the mystery of an amnesiac woman's identity. MULHOLLAND DR. is hypnotic, with full-bore Lynchian strangeness, loaded with the director's trademark visual fetishes and unexplainable dream logic, anchored by a knockout performance by Naomi Watts.

I saw this movie for the first time in December. I know it's cliche, but my first thought after seeing it was "That's two and a half hours of my life I'll never get back." I really wanted to like the movie, but couldn't. The movie takes so many unexplainable turns that even the "it's all a dream" theory can't explain the inconsistencies. Maltin's plot description is even wrong. If it was about a young actress who tries to solve the mystery of an amnesiac's identity, that would be one thing. But that's not the movie at all. In some places director David Lynch's visual flair is breathtaking and others it feels like a film school graduate trying to show off.

After three great noirs, this is the first of Maltin's picks that gets my "Must Skip" rating.

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