Daniel’s review published on Letterboxd:
My first entry into the mind of David Lynch (except for having watched The Elephant Man in school way back when) didn't go so well.
I thought the premise sounded outlandish, but also kind of fun. A bitter mother sends hitmen out to get her daughter's boyfriend, while the hitmen are unaware of each other's involvement and also want each other dead. It sounded like a Lynchian take on Scott Pilgrim.
I didn't have much fun with it though. I get that with such an over-the-top-synopsis, you'll get some over-the-top-performances - but Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Diane Ladd are overplaying their characters to the point of true agony. Laura Dern overplays to an extent, but more inside an acceptable realm I felt. Scenes are happening with no real purpose, like the Dafoe sexual intimidation scene - it felt like it was just there to shock.
I didn't really buy into the relationship between Dern and Cage either, so I never really cared about what was happening. The soundtrack was good, and I kinda liked when Nicolas Cage broke into song.
Watched as part of Film Club (week #6) .