braden’s review published on Letterboxd:
“A man's attitude… a man's attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that somethin' you might agree with?”
This is I think my fifth or sixth time seeing Mulholland Drive and it’s still so easy to see why it’s one of my most favourite movies. One of David Lynch’s most elusive works (although that could be true for nearly of them), it’s so unbelievable to think that the project was birthed from a rejected TV pilot that he expanded upon and changed into the incredibly complete, emotional film it became.
Having seen all of Lynch’s movies, most of them multiple times, I can assuredly say this is his most dreamlike; not necessarily in its surreal imagery and narrative, but more so in its feeling and glow. It has a certain soft, ethereal feeling and look about it, similar to Blue Velvet but in a more refined and elegant way; deep, affecting colours, little moments of the lens losing focus, slow, delicate fades and transitions; all the subtle choices make it feel so ghostly and dreamy, which depending on how you interpret it’s meaning may seem apt, but in any case it’s really gorgeous filmmaking.
Like so many of Lynch’s films, Mulholland Drive very much relies on intuition and raw feeling over literal analysis, in my opinion at least. Because of the weird, confusing storyline I think a lot of people go straight to ‘ending explained’ type videos on YouTube - admittedly I did when I first saw it - and although I think it definitely does have a non-explicitly stated narrative, without the feeling of just experiencing it a lot the movie just feels kind of lost. I’m never going to say anyone’s interpretation is wrong and that I’m right; this is just my take on it, but from personal experience I feel I started to appreciate and understand it so much more when I looked at it like that rather than just trying to find an explanation.
David Lynch is still by far my all time favourite filmmaker and this is really one of his greatest creations, and as much as I would’ve loved to see how it could’ve played out as a series it’s such a perfect, unreal movie that I can’t be disappointed. I know I say I love a lot of movies, and I do, but I really love love Mulholland Drive.
Fingers crossed that the rumours David’s working on a new film/TV project are true. 🤞