Hibiscus’s review published on Letterboxd:
Where do I even begin....
This film is exactly what I wanted it to be. A mixture of the sheep, shallow and trashy, but also the complex, vague and perhaps even transcendental. In other words, it's the perfect portrait of America.
This is what Under The Silver Lake should have been, something completely Lynchian in ever way, but still original enough to stand on its own. Because even though I see a strong Lynch influence, Southland Tales still manages to be one of the rare films that really can't be compared or categorized with any other projects.
The music is extraordinary, especially the ambient pieces, and the way that it manages to change moods and atmosphere seamlessly is nothing short of remarkable.
The pimps and porn stars serves as a juxtaposition to the book of revelation and the apocalypse. Mind bending time loops and and a frame full of details that begs the viewer to watch it all again. And again. And again.
A different cut was screened at Cannes, and like most of my favorite films, it was also booed. I will get around to watching this cut soon.
I will never know how The Rock or Justin Timberlake decided to do this project, but I'm extremely happy that they did. Richard Kelly needs to make more films, and hopefully financiers will manage to give him what he needs in order to do so. Because I admire his ambition to make "mainstream movies". Not in the sense that they are pointless, trendy or shallow entertainment, but because of how they deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.
I have never seen a film, satirical or otherwise, manage to guess what the future will be like with this level of accuracy.