Another day, another David Lynch movie. Today we’re tackling Mulholland Drive. Let’s dive right in and take a closer look!
The Plot (as found on RT):
A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.
Y’all remember when I talked about David Lynch movies that makes sense straight away? This one not really. I mean, it’s an interesting film for sure, but I remember walking about of the cinema thinking “somebody needs to explain this for me.” As soon as I got home I was on Wikipedia reading up on interpretations. I think Mulholland Drive is the kind of film you need to watch more than once, as there are so many details you can’t possible pick up on the first time. To be honest, immediately after reading about it on Wikipedia I wanted to watch it again!
That being said, I did enjoy the experience! I like films that make me think a bit. But if that’s not exactly your thing, you might want to stear clear of Mulholland Drive. You’ll just end up frustrated. On the David Lynch spectrum of weirdXconfusing this one is definitely on the upper end. 😅
Not only does it have scenes that are weird and confusing, it definitely also has scenes that’ll make you uncomfortable. However, it is definitely worth watching as it features some amazing performances. Naomi Watts and Laura Harring absolutely knocked it out of the park! It’s worth watching the film for their performances alone.
To be fair, I think this movie was initially intended to be a pilot for a show but ended up being molded into a full-lenght movie upon rejection.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the finished product. It’s positively mesmerizing and visually stunning. The soundtrack is on point and story will confuse you and make you think. At least when Lynch does this, it’s on purpose, that’s why I enjoy his flicks. You know, some movies are just confusing because the story is half baked and not well thought through, but you can tell that’s not the case here. Lynch obviously put a lot of thought and effort into Mulholland Drive and wants you to ponder on the movie after watching it.
While Mulholland Drive is rather weird and I’m hesitant to recommend it to people as I know this really is not everybody’s cup of tea, I thouroughly enjoyed it. It’s a well-made movie in every regard and I love that it makes you think!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!