INLAND EMPIRE by David Lynch
I've had the privilege of seeing a sneak peek of David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE (yes, all caps.) I'm still sorting out what I think about the movie. The fact that I need to points that this is definitely a Lynch movie, in all fashions. I've heard comparisons between Mulholland and INLAND but feel that doing so will set the audiences expectations at the same level. INLAND EMPIRE is an entirely different experience. In retrospect, Mulholland looks like Disneyland to me with it's bright colors and sunshiney Naomi. INLAND is every color of gray you can imagine. It's a dark film, literally. Color seems very muted and reflects the heaviness of the content. Dialogue is slow but meaningfull. Laura Dern is brilliant. The music is incredible and I actually got the chills a few times from some scene/music combos. And I love the ending. I'm not going to lie, three hours is a long time but if you go and sit and let it wash over you you won't be disappointed. Be warned this film makes you work for it. Most likely after viewing you will walk away and say Huh?" much like after Mulholland. And much like Mulholland, after a repeat viewing things start to click into place. Enjoy!