Blue Velvet (1986)

written and directed by David Lynch
with: Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

This film is sensually disturbing. It gets to the point where the viewer (in a voyeurist role) may feel guilty and repulsed by the imagery and inhumane behaviors in Blue Velvet, but at the same time, so attracted and compelled by the characters and the violent plot that it becomes an irresistible and exquisite masterpiece of American film. Isabella Rosselini's fearless performance makes the film what it is, she is devoted to her role and she understands that she is responsible for the world to experience Lynch's ideas, she took a risk and succeeded. Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern do an excellent job as well.

Blue Velvet mainly tries to explore the unexplored evils of small towns in America, similarly to Twin Peaks and Wild at Heart. Even in places with white picket fences, blue velvet sky and smiling neighbors, hidden in the grass are insects, bugs, pests that infect the lives and destroy life.

There is so much to deconstruct in this film that it is worth watching several times. It is beautiful, brilliant and genius from beginning to end. As most of Lynch's films, Blue Velvet is surrealistic and full of absurdities, but it is linear and easy to follow, making it a good introductory piece for Lynch's work. 

Approach with caution.
Rating: 9.5/10

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