harlequinade 🌵🌶️’s review published on Letterboxd:
There are few things that truly terrify me, but falling in love with someone who doesn't love you back and dying alone are some of those things. And very few films out there capture those tragedies as well as this one does. That along with the most terrifying scene that I've ever seen are probably the reasons why I haven't seen this movie in over a decade and only watched it once before, despite it being one of the only 25 movies I gave the highest score to and it featuring the best performance I've ever seen.
Speaking of that most terrifying scene, I consider Lynch to be the greatest horror director in the world. No one else out there can build suspense like he does and so accurately portray the ugliness of the real world while mixing it with horrific, surreal images straight from nightmares. Here he also added real sense of pain of unrequited love, broken dreams and loneliness and the result is so heavy that it's really not the kind of film one can watch many times.
There are so many things I love about this movie - the haunting score, the scene where they walk up the hill while holding hands, Watts' incredible performance that shamefully didn't get the accolades it deserved - but perhaps the thing that puts it so far above other Lynch's work for me is that there is an explanation. Usually with his projects it's impossible to explain what we witnessed and I don't like puzzles that I can't solve. With Mulholland Drive there is a clear interpretation of the story that works so well. Not one moment is superfluous and everything fits. And that is what makes it a masterpiece.