I like movies. A lot.
I remember the extreme hate for this film when it came out. Boy, those folks must feel like real dumb dumbs now.
A heartbreaking, horrific and artistic masterpiece. Though the core story of a severely damaged girl is easy to see, I love that Lynch keeps the rest of his story open to interpretation. Speaking of which:
After watching The Return, I interpreted the whole tale as such: A young girl dreamed of being a homecoming queen and everyone…
A perfect film.
When I first saw this, at the drive-in, when I was seven, it scared me more than anything I'd ever seen. I fell asleep that night out of pure exhaustion, but the next evening I knew I had just gotten lucky. There was no way I was going to sleep that night. Nor would I let my family. I still remember my 2 year old brother's sobbing face, his hand reaching out to me as my dad…
Really effective mockumentary that plays like Ed Wood... but only those final, super depressing years.
Every shift in tone is completely successful. There are some absolutely hilarious moments (my favourite being when we are shown a very, very bizarre scene from the movie, and then we cut to all the old town folk lining up to see it), there are many genuinely sad moments and quite a few moments that will anger you, seeing how people treat those who are…
It's simply remarkable how every shot is interesting when 99% of the movie is shot on a small boat.
And Polanski's idea of basically having a chamber piece on a boat, where the "captain" can represent anyone in power, is genius. It works incredibly.
I do kind of wish the Criterion DVD didn't skip subtitling large portions of dialogue they probably thought was unimportant though. Maybe time for a reissue?