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Blue Velvet (1986)

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Blue Velvet (1986)

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Director: David Lynch
Writer: David Lynch
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Dean Stockwell
Viewing Method: HBO Go
Reviewed By: Adam Griffith

 

Jeffrey (MacLachlan) is called back to his old neighborhood following a family medical emergency. Lumberton is a sleepy, bucolic place filled with white picket fences, flower gardens and smiling firemen. While the town looks like something out of an episode of Leave it to Beaver or a republican’s wet dream, not everything is as it is initially appears in Lumberton.

 

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While walking near a field, Jeffrey decides to toss a few rocks at and empty glass soda bottle. This small act of mischievousness is the first step in the unravelling of the beautiful facade that envelops Lumberton. For rocks are not all that Jeffrey discovers in this field. A severed human ear covered with ants is strewn amongst the grass and rocks. Yes you heard me right a severed human ear. Is that green mold? ewwww!

 

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Jeffrey takes the ear to a police detective that he knows in town, who also happens to be the father of high school girl Sandy Williams (Laura Dern). The attraction between Sandy and Jeffrey is immediately evident. Sandy soon provides Jeffrey with details about the severed ear case that her father is working on. As expected, Sandy and Jeffrey are soon embroiled in both a heated romance and an investigation into the mystery of the severed ear. As this mystery deepens our two lovers discover more and more secrets hidden just below the surface of Lumberton.

 

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Jeffrey and Sandy’s investigation introduces us to a cast of eccentric and dysfunctional characters. Among the assembly of oddballs is Dorothy Vallens (Rossellini) a lounge singer with a secret, who our investigators begin to follow and observe. Shortly, we meet Frank Booth (Hooper) a leather jacket wearing, foul mouthed, nitrous inhaling criminal. While probing the town’s secrets and attempting to solve the riddle of the ear, Jeffrey and Sandy learn as much about their own wants and desires as they do about anything else.

 

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Blue Velvet is one of the more accessible films in David Lynch’s filmography. While many of the usual Lynch trademarks are present, in an somewhat unusual step for a Lynch film, the plot is fairly linear. That is not to suggest in anyway that the film is mainstream . Quite the contrary, Blue Velvet is a strange neo-noir film, filled with sexual depravity, drug use, and violence, all coated with a layer of biting satire. One of the outstanding things about the film is the amazing performances by Dennis Hopper as an unforgettable Frank Booth and the brave turn as Dorothy Vallens by Isabella Rossellini. While some folks may find the subject matter in this twisted Hardy Boys mystery too tough to handle, I absolutely loved this film. I am giving this film three severed ears covered with mold.

 

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  • ray brayne April 19, 2013, 10:02 am

    Lumberton suggests sleeping or ax wielding, one or the other. Maybe it’s just a nightmare from middle America. But wait, wait its all true Chechan crazies bomb the Boston Marathon, severed body parts everywhere. As insane as films can be, David Lynch included, life is far worse. Pretty soon Lynch films will start to make sense to me. Just not this week!

    • Adam April 19, 2013, 10:09 am

      Ray, don’t let some fucktard terrorists change the way you live your life.

      • scottydynamite April 19, 2013, 10:56 am

        I appreciate you spreading my word, I beleive it has reached the masses.

  • Stephanie April 19, 2013, 10:21 am

    What a great review! I love the way you write. The last sentence of the first paragraph cracked me up.

    I saw this film when it first came out in theaters around 1986. I was working in a movie theater, and I remember people walking out of the movie, disgusted and bewildered. Despite the relatively linear plot, this film was quite edgy for its time. :-)

    • Adam April 19, 2013, 2:58 pm

      Thanks so much Stephanie, that is very kind of you to say. It is still pretty shocking and edgy even today. Hopper plays a good crazy that is for sure.

  • ckckred April 19, 2013, 11:12 am

    Great review. You know my thoughts on this film. Loved it and it’s my second favorite Lynch movie after Mulholland Drive.

    • Adam April 19, 2013, 3:01 pm

      Ckckred, I actually just re-watched Mullholland Drive and to be honest this seemed like the easier of the two films to review. ;-)

  • Andy Swinnerton April 19, 2013, 3:32 pm

    Just saw this for the first time last week, I couldn’t agree more. One of the most haunting films I’ve ever seen, in the best sense of the word possible. Great review :)

    • Adam April 19, 2013, 4:06 pm

      I had not watched it in years prior to checking it out for this review. Still an amazing piece of cinema. Did you post a review of it that I could check out?

  • Marilyn Armstrong April 19, 2013, 8:02 pm

    Great review. Sounds nicely twisted.

    • Adam April 20, 2013, 8:31 am

      Marilyn, if you like strange films this one could be perfect for you to check out.

  • Mark Walker April 21, 2013, 5:21 am

    Couldn’t agree more on your rating here Adam. It’s a absolute class act from Lynch. As a big admirer of his, I’d say this all the time but Blue Velvet is certainly up there with his best. Nice review buddy.

    • Adam April 21, 2013, 8:22 am

      Thanks Mark, I had a fun time re-watching it. Had been a few years since I had seen it.

  • Monkeyboy April 21, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Everybody should see this movie. Can’t you alter your rating system, and give it 4 guys out of 3? ;)

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it though, so thought I’d check out the opening scene on youtube. Christ, it’s horrific! The bit where the guy has the stroke, followed by the camera plunging into the lawn, and moving through the blades of grass where a mass of beetles are scrabbling in the dirt… incredible. :)

  • Chris April 22, 2013, 10:52 am

    Nice review Adam, I really haven’t seen this one quite as many times as I should have! Maybe 4 or 5 times? :)

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