Mulholland Drive (2001)


“It’ll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be somebody else.” – Betty

Number of Times Seen – 2 (5 Jan 2005 and 1 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After being involved in a car accident, a young amnesiac woman enters a nearby house and through the help of a young aspiring actress tries to find her true identity.

My Take on it – I have never been a fan of David Lynch’s film vision and completely didn’t care for this film the first time that I saw it.

I had hoped that a rewatch would help make things more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, this is a terrible film because it makes no sense whatsoever.

The story itself starts off well and then hits a mark relatively early on where it begins to jump around too much and quickly becomes completely incomprehensible as to what is really going on.

The visuals look nice, but it’s too bad that the story itself lacks real narrative and doesn’t make much sense at all.

Naomi Watts does a great job in the lead role here and shows what kind of potential she has as an actress with the way she portrays her character.

This film’s biggest problem is its lack of real narrative because it leaves this too abstract especially since many of the story line threads lack real connections to the overall story.

Bottom Line – Terrible film because it makes no sense what so ever.  The story is quite incomprehensible because it starts to jump around too much along the way.  Watts is great in the lead and shows how great an actress she can be with this role. The film’s lack of real narrative in the story makes things seem too absurd because of too many disconnects along the way. Lynch does a nice job with the visuals but that doesn’t help make the story more interesting. This film is too abstract for my taste and comes across as being completely incoherent.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Roger Ebert gave this movie Four Stars — his highest rating — and named it one of his “Great Movies.” Ebert noted in his initial review that he had strongly criticized director David Lynch’s previous movies (other than the uncharacteristic The Straight Story (1999)) as nihilistic and cruel. In fact, one of the most heated arguments on Siskel & Ebert (1986) was over Blue Velvet (1986). Ebert wrote that the surrealism present in Lynch’s other works seemed to work in this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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