Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Dan Heyada, Ann Miller,
and Robert Forster
Direceted/written By: David Lynch
Drive is a bit of pompous quazi-dream dribble. Why the three
stars then if I found it ludicrous and pretentious? It's still
quite brilliant. The story-and I use that in its most elementary
think a-mad-man-given-a-laptop style, is way out there. Doppelgangers
and personality duos that meet, collide and drift
whole thing is terribly confusing and will you'll be up for discussions
well into the wee hours - a very good sign for a film. The acting
by the principles, Naomi Watts (playing Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn)
and Laura Harring (playing Rita/Camilla Rhodes) is incredible,
if sometimes a bit over-dramatic as orchestrated by Lynch.
is a creepy, surreal, world that provides no sympathy or cuddling
for your brain's more logical side. The whole film is as if your
watching someone who's filmed a dream they had that's loosly scripted.
It is beautifully lucid but at the same time annoyingly pompous
in a "look how clever I am" way and you yourself may
be a tad mad if it actually makes sense to you
attempt at a story goes, Betty (Naomi Watts), an all-American
actress, arrives in Hollywood starry eyed and filled with hope
at becoming a big acting sensation. She meets and helps out another
gal Rita (Laura Harring) who seems to be on the lamb (hiding-out)
from really bad folks. Rita is also riddled with a bad case full-blown
amnesia. In a ridiculously unbelievable scene Betty allows this
stranger to move in with her while they discover what it is she
forgot - which they never do.
story running along side of the two women is a fellow who feels
something awful is going to happen at a restaurant at a certain
time. It seems to- but not as he thought - I think.
Yet another is about a hipper-than-thou complete with the Soderbergh
glasses director, Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) who has pissed
of his investors (one is Dan Heyada) and
gets a meeting with a bad man. He's warned to do the film as they
wish, with the cast they want or else. Clearly Lynch exorcising
some demons for the "biz." Hollywood's less-than-kind
side is definitely darkly portrayed here. Lynch is relentless
in all the gloom and doom scenarios and broken dreams his obviously
disillusioned and seemingly bitter mind can muster up.
everyone will enjoy this as I said, I didn't quite frankly.
But, I still say "WOW." The characters are so intriquing,
the scenes or the "parts" shot like a carnival ride
for the mind. It's just these parts never do neatly come together
and feed me the satisfaction of plot and an "ah-ha, that's
what it's about."
not for the "I want a beginning, middle and end with defined
villains and hero's" sorts, either. I don't mean that insulting
in the least. I am being honest. It's not even my cup of tea.
I loved Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), but again to this day
I am not sure what its point was - or if there even was a point.
I just loved the acting and often (often) think of its more famous
scenes; Dennis Hopper sniffing ether in one of the most terrifying
scenes ever filmed with Isabella Rosellini as he "comes
on to her." Or Dean Stockwell singing Roy Orbison's Candy
Colored Clown- these two scenes alone made it a must have DVD.
Mulholland Drive is the same; art house bubbaloo that will
have you whacking your head as to what the hell it was about-
but yet still you'll find the bits that are madly sewn together
intriguing to say the least.
Warning: There are some gratuitously long sex scenes that
seemed to go on for eight hours, but that's Director David Lynch's
self-indulgent style. Think Oliver Stone on mushrooms and being
allowed to film his every whim
That's Mulholland Drive.
Recommendation: Diner food