|Mulholland Dr./ B+, B+
What is it about Mulholland Dr. that generates such magic? It is hard
to say. Some of it is evidently stiff, awkward, artificial, yet it has a
magnetic power. It is entertaining, mysterious, funny, outrageous and
daring. Mulholland Dr. can even make you laugh out loud. The skewed sense
of humor plays against the heavy-lidded noir elements effectively. This is
one strange film, a real trip.
What a headache! ŠUniversal
The twists and turns begin along the road when
Rita staggers in a daze from a car accident. Finding shelter in a quaint
LA courtyard apartment complex, Rita meets Betty and things really start
to happen. Betty and Rita are like a pair of
refugees from the house of mirrors in a Nancy Drew girl detective
novel, but its lots of
fun. The unexpected twists and turns are wacky, but then, are
they really a surprise in a David Lynch film. Director Lynch is traveling
the familiar unusual road, relishing the curves like race car driver running
through the gears.
It appears that significant threads of this thick tapestry get lost
in the maze of Lynch's imagination, but the film was purportedly culled by
Lynch from scenes for a television pilot which never saw the light of the
small screen. Perhaps the ragged threads work as false leads. Were they
meant to broaden out into separate series stories? It doesn't really
matter since the whole of Mulholland Dr. delivers an undiluted dose
Naomi Watts is a constant blast of middle America
sunshine in the role of Betty, newly arrived in Hollywood for her big shot
at stardom. Talk about a black and white soda, Watts blends perfectly with
Laura Harring's Rita, the mysterious doll who owes more than a nod to
scores of forties noir flicks.
Interesting photography adds to the ambiance with
stylized angles emphasizing the mysterious elements. The camera is
extremely busy; it is always moving, very slowly, up and down,
side-to-side, promoting the tension.
Mulholland Dr. comes to life in a comfortable looking transfer. It is
quite sharp with no edginess. Details are very stable even in pans. The
Silencio sequences are positively lustrous with excellent shadow detail.
Minute detail in the nighttime LA skyline is meticulously rendered. Outstanding
score from Angelo Badalamenti draws you into the film with a mysterious
feel, almost "noirotic," from the get-go. The DTS surround sound provides
excellent spatial detail.
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