Blue Velvet (1986) 4.64/5 (2)


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Rating: The Good – 95.5
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Duration: 180 mins
Director: David Lynch
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini

David Lynch’s unhinged masterpiece follows the fresh faced Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle Maclachlan) into the dark underbelly of a seemingly idyllic all-American town where he encounters cinema’s most disturbing psycho Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). It all begins with the discovery of a severed ear against the backdrop of Jeffrey’s white-picket fenced suburbia. Where the investigation of that ear takes the curious young Jeffrey is almost impossible to explain for this is a uniquely skewed and powerful analysis of a world that exists just beyond our comfort zone in our subjective unconscious. In telling Jeffrey’s story, Lynch traverses a number of genres from film-noir to romance to outright fantasy but it’s the romance that shines through the strongest in his trademark “eye-of-the-duck” scene. On the technical front, the film represents nothing less than the perfect blend of image and sound with Lynch giving life to the latter like no other film before it or since. Machlachlan is truly outstanding in a role that is admittedly tailor made for him. Laura Dern is equally terrific as Jeffrey’s girl of interest while Dennis Hopper simply redefines the concept of madness on film. Raw cinematic power.

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