July Blind Spot Review: Mulholland Drive (2001)

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“Now… did you answer cause you thought that’s what I wanted to hear, or did you think about what I said and answer cause you truly believe that to be right?”
– Cowboy

SYNOPSIS: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7I have always heard about this movie, it gets referred to a lot, and it is still something I never got to, hence it made it onto my list. Let me say this right off the bat: it’s a really weird movie. I was drawn to it and watched it, and was entertained, though I don’t know why. Not that much happened, but it is so strange you watch it, and even by the end nothing is really answered. This is not the total mind screw movie I was expecting, like where it comes out of nowhere and breaks everything you thought you knew, but is a movie to play with the mind in the sense that it is just what it is, and it will not be explained, and you deal with it. The soundtrack is this eerie thing that is constantly playing in the background, and all the characters are acting in such a way that it comes off as incredibly conscious, if that makes sense? Like they were really deliberate, and made sure that you knew it. It just seemed unreal. The movie has two sides, and you never actually get to know how precisely they slot in – the film does not investigate that too much. It gives you enough to theorize with, but no more than that. Now, I can see why some will love this movie, why others will hate it. It is just the kind of movie that will evoke that kind of thing. There were moments where I was drifting towards bored territory, and didn’t really like any of the characters. I had a good laugh at Kesher pouring all the pink paint in his wife’s jewellery, though that was also a whole different scene. Everything is just superbly bizarre in this movie, I stopped trying to understand it as a straightforward film, and found that it helped more, though I believe that Mulholland Drive is extremely overrated. It does not live up to the hype or deserve it, but that is purely my opinion on the matter. I am no student of film at a university or anything fancy, but I do love movies, and this was not one that ticked all the boxes for me, though I did enjoy the peculiar element to be sure, it is something I like to delve into from time to time.