Mulholland Drive ★★★★★

5/5 = Excellent.

David Lynch's twisting, complex and incredibly haunting masterpiece Mulholland Drive is one of the best movies of the 21st Century and one of my favourite films, so it was fantastic to get the chance to see this on the big screen last night even if it finished so late my usual shortcut home was cut off so I had to walk the long way around. Here he uses the setting of Hollywood, L.A. as a backdrop to tell a complex mystery concerning a girl who was recently injured in a car accident causing her to forget everything about herself including her own name, and another star-struck young, talented wannabe actress who travelled to Hollywood trying to make her big break.

Naomi Watts and Laura Harring are fantastic here in this complex mystery which literally revolves around a key to an unopened box. Their performances are layered, complex and as emotionally investing as the story itself, which, if you'll have seen anything by David Lynch before then you will certainly know where it goes. I've seen five of his films so far and am currently working through the first season of Twin Peaks with a goal of catching up before the new season airs, and I must say he's certainly left a real impression with his weird approach to the narrative. Several things are unexplained and answers only serve to create more questions, and you never quite know what direction this film is going to take. It's also unpredictable too, making the most out of its haunting atmosphere to confuse the audience and always keep them on edge.

Mulholland Drive is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. A literal pandora's box of a movie, this film is Lynch's best work and is clearly essential viewing. Don't miss out on it.

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