Austin’s review published on Letterboxd:
Those love-robins in Blue Velvet bring that joy even amongst violent omens, even among people who have difficulty separating themselves from violent presents and horrible traumas. Lynch subverts fantasy, warping reality into a collection of love that burns so brightly color melts away and connection becomes a light, radiating second chances.
Nicolas Cage is an ideal fit for Lynch, his mega-acting a conduit for the weird, channeling deep emotion, while Laura Dern is as magnificent as always, pure and warm. I think happiness in Lynch films mean so much; the dark exists on the other side of everything, the light a reward for surviving the dark.