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Masterpiece of Mystery: A Look Back at David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’

“You know the chicken walk?”

Blue Velvet packs almost all David Lynch-isms within a two-hour run time and it does it well. For fans, Blue Velvet shares similarities most closely resembling Twin Peaks, and for non-fans it remains a campy satire whose performances outweigh the story.

However, because of the Lynch-isms, the story does not matter as much. We learn about the decrepit and sinister Jeffery Beaumont, the mysterious Dorothy Vallens. The wholesome guiding light from the darkness (literally) that is Sandy Williams, and the sick psychopath Frank Booth. This is David Lynch’s world and these are protagonists that most accurately represent it.

David Lynch is a renaissance man credited as a director, writer, painter, transcendental meditation teacher, and musician. Rising to fame with his short film Eraserhead which became an underground hit. Those opportunities allowed Lynch to gain directing credits in features, developing and filming some to great critical success (not including Dune). Love him or hate him David Lynch is one of those household names that cinephiles will praise. He is undeniably a director with the forethought to bring his vision, however twisted and perverse into fruition. A master of his craft.  

From the opening scenes of small-town suburbia, the grueling imagery of the dark underworld and the element of mystery allow for Blue Velvet to come together in a way that leaves an unsettling feeling for the viewer by all accounts the angles make us think that we don’t know why.

Strange is one word to describe this movie. Although the intrigue to find out why the ear is in that field, or how the main character even came across it are not what matters. The characters in this story are the shining light of the film. The movie’s dialogue feels stale, a purposeful act which is used to elevate the satire. Watch this movie; no matter how odd it will allow for great conversation with your friends after the first watch.

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