Blue Velvet (1986)
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Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Jack Nance, Dean Stockwell, George Dickerson, Brad Dourif, Priscilla Pointer, Angelo Badalamenti
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|Movie Review by BillyBob |
October 16th, 2010
SHE'S BLACK & BLUE & VELVET ALL OVER
Favorite Movie Quote: "(excerpt from 'Blue Velvet' lyrics) - "Bluer than velvet were her eyes. Softer than satin were her sighs."
Well, there's one thing that I can say for certain about BLUE VELVET - It's a mighty easy movie to detest, in many ways.
Apparently BLUE VELVET's screenplay had been kicking around in Hollywood, like a social disease (ick!), for nearly a decade before Producer DINO DE LAURENTIS dispensed with the safe-sex and agreed to finance its production.
BLUE VELVET was completed on a $6 million budget and, then, on its opening weekend, all across the nation, it absolutely bombed at the box-office, big-time, with gross revenues of less than $1 million.
BLUE VELVET is a prime example of Director DAVID LYNCH's perpetually askew vision of things. Typically, this film contains all of LYNCH's "signature" filmmaking trademarks, from distorted characters, to polarized worlds, to the unearthing of the dark, sinister underbelly of a seemingly idealized small, American town.
Jeff Beaumont returns to his home town of Lumberton after being away at college for a good part of the year. Following the discovery of a severed human ear in an open field, Jeff decides that he's not satisfied with the police investigation on the case, and, so, he and his girlfriend take matters into their own hands, mapping out their own course of action, looking for some reasonable anwers.
The object of Jeff and Sandy's investigation turns out to be an oddly mysterious, tone-deaf night club singer who's inexplicably involved with a cruel and sadistic son-of-a-bastard who loves to inflict pain on others, but, at the same time, is too much of a suck to take any of it, himself.
When it came to being any sort of "enjoyable" movie-entertainment, all in all, I found BLUE VELVET to be too-too terminally weird for its own good.
It sure seemed to me that DAVID LYNCH must've been completely hell-bent on making his little movie the "be-all-and-end-all" of total "strangeness". I mean, it certainly didn't take very long, at all, for BLUE VELVET's story to become totally contrived to the point of being downright ridiculous.
Now, don't get me wrong here, BLUE VELVET is most-certainly worth a view. Yes. That it is. But, you know, in the long run, it just can't (seriously) be taken at face value. It's the sort of film that "you see it, then dismiss it" as pure novelty. 'Cause, let's face it, BLUE VELVET is nothing deeper, nor more profound, than just that.
This film's story really had nothing whatsoever to do with anything "Blue Velvet" at all. Its plotline was, for the most part, only marginally connected to that sappy, old pop tune sung by BOBBY VINTON (and also sung (very badly) by ISABELLA ROSSELLINI).
".... And I can still see blue velvet through my tears...."
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