This was weird. Way too weird for me. Not even sure I get what happened?! Naomi Watts acting is pretty bad, one of her first movies perhaps? It was so scripted at times it was cringe worthy.
Like most abstract art, this is liked by some & hated by more. The surreal story doesn't make much sense unless you snoop online about the meanings of the plot. The acting by Naomi Watts is astonishingly good. Overall, memorable but too disjointed and wierd. However, like all Lynch films, somehow compelling to the end. Whatever you do, don't have lunch at "Winkies". ;)
It is not often that I rate movies at 1 star only. But this one was such a huge disappointment. I agree with one of the earlier reviewers stating: " This movies goes absolutely no where and I finished the movie thinking what a waste of time." Laura Harring is a beautiful actress (previous Miss USA, half Mexican half German) but that is not enough to make an interesting/ good film. Such a long string of nonsence...Not my cup of tea at all!
In both the mediocre extras on the DVD, director David Lynch says that the film is based on an "idea". It takes a bit of perusal of web postings to work out what the idea was. Only then in retrospect does some sort of logic emerge to what appears on watching the movie to be random nonsense with many different strands leading nowhere.
A waste of time -- a load of rubbish
One of the most compelling films I have ever seen. Walk over glass to catch this tragedy of jilted love, this brilliant personalised evocation of Hollywood and one of the most astounding performances I have ever seen. Naomi Watts. How did she miss the Oscar? Not the first time that's been asked.
Please don't rent this awfulness.
I've just saved you 2.5hrs of your life.
I rarely not see a movie through to the end but this one I stopped watching a quarter of the way through.
Not an ordinary film. The narrative is not linear and few clues are given as we go. However after finishing the shape of the whole somehow shimmers in the mind. A couple of extra viewings settle matters. And the complex characters and ideas need the extra viewings. As each viewing gives you another perspective it is always nothing less than riveting.
WTF???? Naomi Watts is superb in this 2001 David Lynch film-her breakthrough role. For the first hour and a half I was engrossed and intrigued. Then, in my opinion, it fell apart and i had no idea what I was watching. Movies shouldn't be this obscure. Melissa George has a small part and Marcus Graham is featured in a good support role.
Whatever happened to Laura Elena Harring and Justin Theroux???
I didn't move a muscle from beginning to end. Fantastic. It means whatever it means to you. It's all subjective. Made complete sense to me but I don't know if the Director would agree with my interpretation (and who cares). Naomi Watts was a revelation. Absolutely brilliant.
Thanks 'yall for your reviews. This was at the top of my list but after reading your reviews I sent it to the bin.
My favourite movie of all time. The perfect love story
I wonder what the writer/director was on? Movie started out as if it would develop well and end in an overwhelming finale. It did not. It is an insult to the viewer and a waste of time and space.
I was a bit confused with this movie. For the better part of this very very long movie, I thought I knew what was happening. Then not long before the ending, something weird happens and nothing is like what it was earlier. Naomi Watt's character was this naive aspiring actress at the beginning and by the end was heartbroken, jealous and who knows what else. I don't think I'd watch it for a second or third time to see if it makes more sense because it's such a long movie.
The only good thing was how cool this dude was when his wife was in bed with another guy... that was cool!
When you first watch it all you are left with is what the hell?? After a little bit of thinking and some internet research, its all explained. You'll have to make your own conclusions there. It was alright. After such a long journey you hope for a more powerful ending. Its the kind of movie you have to watch over and over again to fully comprehend. So if you have the time go for it.
Perception is a funny thing and no one quite messes with it as well as David Lynch. If you're up to it this film will stay with you well past its viewing time.
Not my type of movie at all. Am too much of a realist for it and would definitely NOT have chosen it had I had an inkling of what there was to come. The one redeeming factor was the acting which was very good.
I enjoyed this movie but found it somewhat dissatisfying. It was a little slow and I didn't like the ending...
If you go into a Lynch film expecting to get it all, you are kidding yourself and this was no exception; if anything it's more obscure than any. It can be read in a bunch of different ways, but its ambiguity is part of its mesmerising impact. With Lynch it is as always wonderfully executed. Need a clear resolution to your movies? Don't bother. Love fim making that is witty, wise and wierd?...this is for you! Acting and casting superlative as well.
Not to be confused with Mulholland Falls, this movie is the hypnotic mystery/crime at its best. The story is far from straight forward and frequent time-shifts demand that you keep your wits about you. Naomi Watts and Laura Harring are at their devastating best. Seeing the movie a second time was just as enjoyable.
Interesting and weird. Seems to be heading in an obvious direction then veers roughly off-road and takes you on a wild ride before smashing up against the edges of your credibility.
I don't think the last bit (which is meant to be the most meaningful) was handled as well as it could have been... but I was left with a feeling that I want to understand what was going on - that there is meaning in there that I just have to think through... and I'd love to watch it again to find out what.
My absolute favourite film of all time!
Very well acted and NOT the same old cookie-cutter Hollywood Thriller of screaming helpless women in dark alleys.
This one will lull you into thinking you know what's happening and then drop everything on its head to have you guessing in the last 30 minutes of the film
Rather off beat film but with some quite strong acting, which is what the mystery story needs. Add some good musical parts which turn the odd film into good entertainment. My outstanding choice for the whole film was a female singing a powerful version of "Crying".
Wow, I am still not sure if I liked it or not, it was weird and scary, good and bad. I was confused,I didnt really get any answers, but it has had me thinking about it a fair bit, so I guess it is a work of art. I will watch it again to see if I can pick up anything else I might have missed, but it sounds like most reviewers were confused like me! Watch it yourself and make your own decisions but dont have any expectations - if you have the time in the first place, then movies are never a waste of it.
Freaky, incoherent dribble. Film students probably revel in its cleverness, but for most it is just a weird collection of bizarro incidents.
Its pretty, its compelling in places, it is a triumph of the process (as opposed to content) of storytelling, but it is still a catastrophy. Naomi Watts is really quite special, and the cinematography is seriously first rate. Nevertheless there are 2 hours 20 of my life that I want back. And yes, if you dont put chapters in a dvd it is a massive inconvenience.
Very hard to understand just when you think you understand it the story changes. Great acting weird story
Don't waste your time. This movies goes absolutely no where and I finished the movie thinking what a waste of time. If you feel like watching a movie that sucks your will to live then by all means. Otherwise keep on searching.
'what a load of crap, drugs..., blah"
If you don't get something, that doesn't mean you abuse it. This a fantastic movie and requires some imagination to understand. If you don't get it first time, watch it again. If you don't get it then, watch it again. If by then you don't get it, then all you have to do is find out the tips and it will all become very clear. Who cares if it doesn't have chapters? Who watches a movie in bite size pieces???
What a load of crap! You need to watch this after taking a large amount of drugs then maybe it will make some sense! Otherwise don't bother!
Deadset one of the most messed up, out to mess with your head films of our time, if you try to work it out be it linear, in pieces you will go mad, just accept it for what it is, blbk.
Sometimes I have dreams that may last only a few moments, but in the dream I have a whole personal history that is instantly right there. Sometimes this is so real to me that I have to check back over my 'real' personal history to see which is true.
When my father was dying a slow death over many years, I dreamed that he had temporarily recovered. I am still a little uncertain what was 'real' here.
A good thriller with a difference. Well worth watching.
Gets better evey time I watch it.
What a trip! David Lynch never fails to challenge.
Needs to be seen more than once.
This is an unbelievable movie that probably requires repeated viewing to work outwhat it all means. I am to old and don't have enough time left to waste.
Weird. Boring. Lynch. The DVD was awful too, not even split into chapters, just one big chapter for the movie and another for the extras.
Kind of lost me in the end, but an interesting film.
If you are a David Lynch fan (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks etc) then you are going to love this film. If you are not then maybe look at hiring a nice straight forward thriller like Cape Fear.
Mulholland Drive has all the ingredients of being an excellent film with the usual suspects of wierdo actors and warped sense of reality however in the words of another reviewer 'it was too in love with its own bloody cleverness'.
I know a lot of people raved about the film but I think it was a little over the top.
The boys will definitely like the girl on girl action though.
Maybe not a film to watch with all the family on Christmas Day.
Mmm, I don't really know what to say about this one except to say I was disappointed. I was prepared to be taken on a Lynchian journey and enjoyed the early travel but then I noticed we weren't going anywhere. Maybe I should have started watching this before 2 in the morning but I went to bed annoyed that I had wasted two hours of snooze time. A less kind reviewer would call this film a load of self indulgent w**k.