Friday, 30 December 2011

27/12/2011: Mulholland Dr. [2001]

So this half of my review is without researching anything about the movie, just having simply watched it. (You'll understand soon)

All mystery movies follow the same structure, start out with only asking questions and then begin to give small answers while increase the number of questions. Then end with a big reveal tying everything together.

Mulholland Dr. does only one of these. For 2 hours and 22 minutes this movie simply makes you ask more and more questions, every turn and twist just leaves you asking what the hell just happened. Ans as you get closer and closer to the end waiting for things to tie up in a nice little conclusion the movie continue to just throw questions at you. I am still mostly uncertain about exactly what happened, I think a second and third rewatch would be required, and a wall of post-it notes connected like a spiders web accompanying it. All I can say from watching it is that it, I wasn't disappointed only angry and actually with a strong desire to rewatch it again.

Well, I didn't google to hard and have decided that I will watch this again, with the help of

David Lynch's 10 Clues to Unlocking This Thriller:

  • Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: at least two clues are revealed before the credits.
  • Notice appearances of the red lampshade.
  • Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher is auditioning actresses for? Is it mentioned again?
  • An accident is a terrible event... notice the location of the accident.
  • Who gives a key, and why?
  • Notice the robe, the ashtray, the coffee cup.
  • What is felt, realized and gathered at the club Silencio?
  • Did talent alone help Camilla?
  • Notice the occurrences surrounding the man behind Winkies.
  • Where is Aunt Ruth?

So overall this movie runs along the lines of Memento, in its coherency, and requires at least one rewatch if you want to understand it. You will hate it if you require that the answers be spoon fed too you and all threads wrapped up. However if your enjoy a mind boggling mystery requiring some thought this is one of the best movies in that category.

Not an official poster but I like it best.


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