Mulholland Drive

Photo by D. Tempesta

I’ve done it! I have found a good movie on the Netflix! Except, to say that I found it is a bit misleading. I only know this movie exists because it came highly recommended from a good friend. But I am very glad that I watched it, because I loved it. I do feel the need to say that I would not recommend this movie willy-nilly; it (intentionally?) has a specific type of audience.

For the first two-thirds of the movie, I had no idea what was going on, and it was awesome. I reveled in the unknowns and anticipated the opportunity to put them all together. However, unlike most movies that keep you guessing, the ending did not lead us to a conclusion. To borrow a phrase from Captain Jack Sparrow, watching the ending was just maddening the unhelpful. I read at least four different articles and have spent much of my time dwelling on this movie, and I still have no idea what I watched. I haven’t felt this intellectually incompetent since a philosophy class my junior year. But I like it. I thought I was sitting down to watch a unique movie filled with suspense, questions, and answers. While some of this is true, I was also handed one of the most complex puzzles I have ever encountered and I look forward to sorting through it. Mulholland Drive does not lead you to the conclusion. Instead, it presents you with the information and leaves you to sort it out. Some enjoy this, while others do not, which is why I will not recommend it to just anyone.

While I do not have any answers yet, there are those out there who have written some convincing articles explaining this movie. A common theme that I keep finding is the use of dreams. What exactly the dream is in this film is a bit less clear, though. One article also focused on the Hollywood aspect of the film, which I particularly enjoyed reading. Although convincing, there is not enough proof or logic to say which is definitively true. This opens up the possibility that there may not be just one answer. Depending on the subject, creator, and consumer, this can actually be an extreme positive. I must again reference Jabberwocky as being a successful example of this.

As for what I have worked out so far, I don’t have much to report. I still believe that the eccentric Hispanic man and the Hispanic song are the key to the mystery. I don’t know how yet, or what it is that this key even unlocks. But that scene seems too deliberate to be insignificant. It is immediately after an intense romantic scene, immediately before a series of absurd twists, and is also where Rita and Betty discover (are given, perhaps) the blue box that the strange key found earlier unlocks. Perhaps a bit weaker than my previous arguments, but the repetition of the lines indicate importance, as well. It could certainly be a red herring, as other aspects of the film have been said to be, but there is too much around it for me to believe that. So here I am, possibly with the key that unlocks the secrets of the film, but no idea where the lock is.

My name is Chuck, and these are my thoughts. Now I would like to know what you think. Given that this movie generates enough questions on its own, I will not weigh you down with more 😊 But if you know something, please tell me. Leave a comment down below, and we’ll talk. Enjoy the day!_DSC3780

2 thoughts on “Mulholland Drive

  1. I remember watching this years ago and trying to search for clues, but I came to the conclusion that there was no “right” answer to solve what the whole thing was or meant. Essentially, we are viewing different layers of dreams and reality, and like dreams, it’s very abstract and open to individual interpretation. So trying to solve the mystery based on clues is like trying to interpret a dream based upon remembered details. If they make sense to you and you like the answer, then that’s great, but that doesn’t make it the right answer and someone else could interpret it another way and be just as correct.

    We could try to figure out what the director was thinking and his interpretation, but I think even David Lynch has said that he can’t put into words the abstract feelings sometimes. So if he doesn’t know himself, what hope do we have.

    Ultimately, I prefer watching movies and shows with more concrete conclusions.


    1. Thanks for the comment (again😊)! Perhaps I should be more willing to accept that interpretation rules when it comes to Mulholland Drive. You’d think I’d be quicker to realize this considering my favorite poem is Jabberwocky and one of my favorite short stories is The Lady and the Tiger. My need for puzzles and solutions seems to have gotten the best of me. I do think I agree with you on your last point. Concrete solutions, even if we have to do some work to get there, just feel better.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s