Thursday, June 16, 2011
I mean, Mulholland Drive is a weird movie, but the weirdest in Lynch's line of work has to be his magnum opus Blue Velvet. For Pete's sake, it starts off with the lead character finding a severed ear. That aside, Blue Velvet is excellent as a neo-noir.
The highlight performances come from Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper. Rossellini is the right embodiment of the battered woman while Hopper is right embodiment of demented evil. Seriously, Hopper's depiction of the foul-mouthed, gas-inhaling Frank Booth has to be one of the most horrifying performances I've seen. How both Rossellini and Hopper were ignored for nominations, I'll never know.
Bizarre as it may be, Blue Velvet is perhaps one of the best movies made in the last thirty years. About, say, half of it is hard to watch for its brutality, but it's a very absorbing movie at the same time.
My Rating: *****