Under the Silver Lake ★★★★½

While Spielberg removed all references to his own work in Ready Player One, David Robert Mitchell includes heavy small talk about being followed by ghosts just for fun. And it turns out that Andrew Garfield reading an Amazing Spider-Man comic was nothing but a happy coincidence. 

To appreciate this movie as a love letter to LA, to noir mystery, to awkward boys who ravish but don’t respect girls - to do any of those things separately or simultaneously would be to only chip the smallest edge of Under the Silver Lake’s deep, tangled magic of codes that aren’t always meant to be understood, even once they’ve been broken. 

Andrew Garfield finally gets the odyssey he deserves. Hitchcock would probably laugh in this film’s face, but would definitely still be having a good time.

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