Under the Silver Lake ★★½

I...almost liked it. It's a uniquely funny and nice-looking cannonball into surreal Hollywood wackiness, but I never really got on board with all the mystery/conspiracy stuff. It feels very specific to Los Angeles, and I've only been there once, so maybe I just couldn't relate to it on that level, but I also have trouble latching onto the underlying story, or at least what I got out of it. Our protagonist learns of the darkness in the soul of Hollywood and the exclusive hedonism that comes with it, and never manages to sacrifice his own humanity enough to "make it." I might be grasping at straws here, but if I'm right, it's awfully suspicious that this movie is essentially condemning itself, and I can't help but wonder if it's just trying to scare everyone away. Whatever the case may be, and this is all wild conjecture on my part, I just couldn't get on its very specific wavelength, in spite of its intricate structure and competent production. Maybe someday...

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