David Lynch is a god and Inland Empire
proves that he is the movie wizard in his latest installment which
is quite surreal at the best of times and features a strange
storyline that fans of Lynch will simply adore.
Elements of Twin Peaks and Mulholland
Drive all feature in Inland Empire from the strange camera angles,
colours and dream sequences that will leave you in dismay after one
watching, causing you to go back and re-watch. It may not be
confusing as other Lynch movies but to appreciate the attention to
detail and clues, a second viewing is needed and you'll enjoy it
even better a second time.
Inland Empire begins with trade mark David Lynch weirdness from
Black and White to eventually colour as we are introduced to Nikki
Grace (Laura Dern), an actress who has agreed to star in a new love
story that is directed by the Kingsley Stewart and played
masterfully by the talented Jeremy Irons. Justin Theroux also stars
in the film and plays Devon Berk who is really one of the stars of
the film and goes hand-in-hand with Lynch's screenplay.
As the plot is developed, we soon learn
that the movie is actually a doomed remake that had its two stars
murdered during the shoot as we are taken on a surreal rollercoaster
wide of everything that is wrong and right with the world plus
everything in between from fact to fiction, fantasy to reality, this
is what movies should be about by drawing the viewer into the
complexities of the plot and characters.
What more could you want from a movie
from Polish Gypsies, curses, Hollywood starlets that makes this
movie quite hard to categorize as it features romance, drama, crime,
thrills and action. It's not for the mainstream light hearted but
for those looking for a true surreal movie experience that at the
end of the day is classic David Lynch.
DVD Special Features
David Lynch Masterclass
David Lynch Interview at the Cartier Foundation
Guardian Interview with David Lynch at the National Film Theatre
A short interview in London
A conversation with David Lynch by Mike Figgis
Dolby® Digital 5.1