It's an inspirational mess of a maze through classic Lynchian tropes and a subversion of the mystery / cop genre (ïřøņīçåłłý) and the musical genre / asides and genre theory and verisimilitude and his fans' expectations for him and his work ...initially I hated it but the more it sat on my brain the more I realised I loved it for its transgressive and chaotic nature and what that means for cinema and its potential ...so, for me, a typical Lynch experience
As promised the visuals were extremely Bergman-esque and the use of black white with the film grading was a tasty and indulgent experience. Also, I was surprised in the best way by Robert Pattinson.
There are many themes to untangle here, but I believe one of the most prominent, overarching, recurring, disturbing, and fascinating had to do with sexuality, specifically male sexuality and homoeroticism mixed in with sea lore, male dominance, violence, the objectification of women, and a lot of screaming.
A lot of screaming.
I think I need to write a paper on this and soon.