Betty Elms travels west to pursue a career as an actress,
only to find that love and alternate realities are pursuing her.
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Written and Directed by David Lynch
Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux,
Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Jeanne Bates, Patrick Fischler, Michael J. Anderson
Oscar Nominations - Best Director
Written and directed by David Lynch, Mulholland Drive will blow you away with its erratic tone throughout. It doesn’t matter what David was trying to say here, because this is just one hell of a cinematic ride. Lynch had already wowed the piss out of audiences with films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, and the TV show, Twin Peaks. But, in 2001, Mulholland Drive hit screens and received critical acclaim. BBC Culture has named it the best film of the 21st century, among many others who have praised it.
This is one of those films that I watch and laugh, because I can’t imagine having the eye that the director has. The film also delivers unforgettable performances from Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates, Laura Harring, Patrick Fischler, and Robert Forster. Mulholland Drive got a single nod from the Academy when they nominated Lynch for Best Director, but it was nominated by every award organization under the sun.
This film tells a very intriguing love story between Rita (Harring) and Betty (Watts) that contains many plot points that are always going to be up to interpretation. Many would say that Betty (Watts) is in a dream the whole time, revealing her true self at the end of the film. Some would say it’s just a mess the entire time, but I like to just sit back and let the images and bizarre dialogue take control of me. Trust me, I can’t do anything to really prepare you for viewing this film, but it is an absolute must.