Hello, my darling readers!
We have made it to the final David Lynch movie (for now) which means that today we’re going to talk about Inland Empire! By the way, if you miss any of his films that I didn’t cover this month, it’s because I had already reviewed them a while ago. 😉
The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):
Nikki (Laura Dern), an actress, takes on a role in a new film, and because her husband (Peter J. Lucas) is very jealous, her co-star Devon (Justin Theroux) gets a warning not to make any romantic overtures — especially since the characters they play are having an affair. Both actors learn that the project is a remake of an unfinished film in which the stars were murdered.
Wow, this is probably my least favorite David Lynch film of all time. First of all, it’s so very long. While I don’t mind long movies per se, 3 hours of weird stuff that doesn’t really make sense is too long. To be honest, I watched the film in three settings, one hour at a time because it just couldn’t capture my interest for much longer. Maybe that says more about me than about the film, but here we are. 😅
For the first hour, we’re pretty much okay. Inland Empire is *very* weird, but not any worse than his other films. After that, Lynch lost me. It felt like even he stopped pretending there was a story, any rhyme or reason to what was going on. I mean, I understand what his underlying idea was, but I still couldn’t get into it. Like, Laura Dern’s character goes a tad crazy because of the project she is involved in. The original leads were murdered, so I guess the project is cursed or something. I get this is what’s going on, but nothing you see on screen makes any sense and it just frustrated me a great deal.
In fact, not even the actors had any idea what was going on. Apparently, Lynch just handed them some lines at the beginning of each day and that was what they were going to shoot. So much for a coherent narrative, right? Furthermore, she edited the whole thing himself because literally, nobody other than him had any idea what was going on.
By the way, this was also the first film Lynch shot on digital film. He used a handheld camera and did everything himself. I’m sorry to say I didn’t love it. Parts of the movie just look like there were captured with a very shitty phone camera and because it was handheld, it’s not just the quality but also how wonky some of the shots are that is reflected in that. Just another little thing that I found irritating. Especially considering that this movie is three hours long, this would have given me a headache had I watched the whole thing in one go.
For some reason, Lynch decided to shoot a great portion in Lodz in Poland. Please don’t come for me, but I’ve been there and honestly, it’s one of the most depressing places I’ve ever seen. So, somehow the vibe matched the film. Can’t say that I loved either. 😅
If there is a David Lynch movie you can skip, it is this one. Definitely my least favorite one, and I have no desire to watch it again. It’s a shame really, I usually love everything Lynch does and even Laura Dern, who I adored in his other stuff, is in it too! But not even Laura could save this for me.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!