Film Review: MULLHOLLAND DRIVE [David Lynch Retrospective] (2001)

Film Review: MULLHOLLAND DRIVE [David Lynch Retrospective] (2001)

Apr 30, 2016


I am having a great time covering the retrospective for the films of David Lynch. As I am revisiting the films, I have found that the first ones I gravitate towards tend to be my favorites. This means that my rankings are naturally based on the films that I revisit the most. While I am not re-watching them in the order I’m publishing them, I am publishing them in the order of importance in my eyes; therefore, Mulholland Drive has come in second place behind Lost Highway on my list.


Mulholland Drive deals with a structure similar to that of Lost Highway. While it is a more polished and mature excursion into cinema, Lost Highway was a life changing film for me. Mulholland Drive seems to be the favorite among many Lynch fans. For me, although it is a close second, I absolutely love it. Mulholland Drive takes all of Lynch’s best work from Twin Peaks, Inland Empire, and Blue Velvet to create a truly immersive and surreal cinematic experience.


Lynch’s tendency towards surrealism and alternate realities is fascinating to me, as well as many Lynch fans. This means it is probably no surprise that my top 3 films are the three that I’ve chosen. While I love the fact that this film is open to interpretation, the fact that it is almost infuriating is what brings it down for me. While I love the musical score, I wish he used score and song as masterfully as he did in Lost Highway.


This film deals with two women, or four women, that are thrust into a world where dreams and reality blend together as one. It was once said that the appearance of certain lighting effects, colored lamps, etc. were the key to solving the riddle and straightening out the chronology. While I watched for these events, it helped me develop numerous theories, but still left me deep in thought. I love trying to unlock the riddle that is Mulholland Drive. I also love the look and feel of the film. It is his best directorial work. It was an Academy Award nominated film. I love the way the sets look. I love the writing, or lack there of. I even love the ambiguous and mysterious characters throughout the film. This is a film that is a culmination of all of his work. It hold pieces of many of his films, and they are displayed with perfection. It is definitely a cinematic masterpiece. It just had an awesome Criterion release, that I will be purchasing during the next half off sale. I look forward to Criterion picking up more of his films, as they currently only have Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive.