Blue Velvet was David Lynch's return to what he does best. Surrealistic dramas. After the box office failure of his big budgeted sci-fi/ fantasy epic that was based upon the novel DUNE, Lynch was looking for a much smaller project. A returning into the mainstream Dennis Hopper makes a career renewing performance as the psychotic Frank Booth. This film was a much needed shot-in-the-arm for both men. They would both be immortalized in 80's Americana thanks to Blue Velvet.
The movie is about a "kid" (Kyle MacLachlan) who returns back to his hometown after his father is hospitalized. Spending time at his parents home, he meets a local girl (Laura Dern) and becomes smitten with a club singer (Isabella Rossellini). But he also crosses paths with a very nasty dude named Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) and his crew. The "kid" gets really deep into it when he plays detective and gets mixed up with Frank and the singer.
An interesting film that shows David Lynch can make an effective movie under the restraints of Hollywood. But his lack of box office power has always worked against him. I have to strongly recommend this movie. It's not for everyone and those that are easily offended should stick to his more mainstream fare.
**** out of **** In the fictional logging town of Lumberton, writer-director David Lynch has created an urban landscape pretty enough for a postcard. In a creepy opening, we see men on trucks waving from the streets, dads watering the grass, and flowers growing in front of a white picket fence. The town is a portrait of what an idealistic 1950's society must have been like; content, peaceful, sociable. Or at least this is how we felt it ought to be. Water from a hose meets … more
The finest and most famous of David Lynch's films often requires repeated viewings for one to appreciate it. It's quite accessible - far more so than his particularly cryptic projects - but its earnest celebration of small-town innocence, lurid depravity and oddly deadpan performances are likely to challenge the most weathered sensibilities of those few remaining uninitiated cinephiles. By forcing audiences to accept what might seem hokey or facetious at face value by contrasting the movie's … more
I finally got around to seeing this, probably his most critically-acclaimed flick. With so much I heard about it over the years, I thought I pretty much had it pegged, and I somewhat did. The criticism of suburban America and the two sides of society came as no surprise, as they shouldn't to anyone who has read the most simplistic of plot summaries. Dennis Hopper was just as insane as I would have expected. Given this script, any filmmaker could have said, more or less, … more