Blue Velvet feels dreamlike and surreal like most of David Lynch’s work but it works inside the confines of reality which almost make it seem more strange, if that’s even possible.
If that doesn’t make sense to you let me just start out by saying that a lot, if not most of Lynch’s filmography relies upon a very loose narrative basically meaning that shit gets confusing fast. It often works as a surrealist film, expanding a simple storyline into something entirely different. Blue Velvet doesn’t forgo this style but the difference between this film and say Mulholland Drive is that I know what’s fucking going on here.
Kyle Maclachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern are all playing such incredibly dynamic characters that the movie could have been about four people drinking tea on a couch and I still would have enjoyed it. I mean really standout performances that absolutely wow’d me.
Cinematography wise it’s a work of art (obviously). It’s set in this kind of transient place somewhere in between white picket fence suburbia and the sinful downtown city apartments. That plays into a huge thing that I took away from the movie; just a different perspective on sexuality, perversion and temptation. There’s obviously more to this movie than that if you feel like grabbing a shovel but I found it to be successful as just a film to sit down with and enjoy.
This is such a great introduction to Lynch if you haven’t checked out any of his other films, it’s well paced and has a ton of energy with a clear narrative. While this isn’t my death row Lynch film, I can’t seem to find a single thing wrong with it.