Blue Velvet (1986)


Drama | Mystery | Thriller


David Lynch




Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell, George Dickerson, Priscilla Pointer, Frances Bay, Jack Harvey, Ken Stovitz, Brad Dourif, Jack Nance, J. Michael Hunter, Dick Green, Fred Pickler


After finding a severed human ear in a field, a young man (Kyle MacLachlan) starts investigating and soon discovers a sinister underworld lying beneath his suburban home town.


When watching a David Lynch film one thing is for sure, you never know what you are getting into other than something weird, and "Blue Velvet" makes no difference. It indeed is strange but it also is a utterly mesmerising and beautiful film.

There's nothing great about the story to the film, it is just a simple story about an amateur investigator that features strange character, six, drugs, violence and murders; it also has some gaps in logic and it is not even remotely plausible. And it's pretty much like an abstract painting, hard to figure out.

But what makes the difference, this is David Lynch's after all, is the way the story is told. Simply brilliant. Even though at some point the film is inexplicably dull, Lynch transforms a simple story into something interesting and entertaining and manages to deliver a detective story with elements that are genuinely suspenseful, scary and creepy.

Another strong aspect of the film is Lynch's sense of humour. A strange yet subtle sense of humour that isn't made of jokes but of absurdities. Also playing an important role is the dreaded and surrealistic atmosphere created. The music is incredible as well: it is haunting and hypnotic and really add to the story's weirdness.

The acting is superb as well. Kyle MacLachlan does a good job portraying the changes his character goes through, Isabella Rossellini is truly devastating in the role of a mysterious woman at the center of the story and Laura Dern brings some innocence that balances MacLachlan's character but the best is yet to come: Dennis Hopper. He is terrifying and hilarious at times in the role of Frank Booth, arguably one of the most evil yet fascinating villains ever written. He really makes for the perfect villain.

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