Friday, July 9, 2010

Mulholland Drive

I was a little baffled when I saw many critics placing Mulholland Drive on their Best of the Decade List, as I had remembered it being a maddeningly frustrating film that added up to very little. So, I decided to revisit what many considered to be David Lynch's masterpiece, and found it again to be a maddeningly frustrating film that adds up to very little. The DVD comes with a card entitled "David Lynch's 10 Clues to Unlocking the Thriller", and while following these cards and watching the genuinely engaging 1st hour of the movie, there are big hopes for the ending which never pay off. The story (if it can be called that) is about a plucky woman trying to make it as an actress (Naomi Watts) meeting an amnesiac who has recently been in a car crash. They are involved in a "plot" which concerns a murderer, a producer having a bad day, and a mysterious cowboy. Although intriguing to a point, Mulholland drive is an overlong disappointment that never pays off.
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