JOHN: This is what movies could be but choose not to—like a nightmare you wake up from and wonder if it were real.
SPANKY: There are three things that stay with you years after leaving it: 1) the protagonist walking along after his father’s stroke and finding a cut-off ear in the grass, 2) the songs “Blue Velvet” and “In Dreams“ performed with their weird context instead of blaring off of a portable radio, 3) Isabella Rosellini telling her young savior to hit her making love.
JOHN: And he does hit her. At the end, though the plot is resolved, the troubling subtext is free to go on and on and on.
SPANKY: Who would go to such a film? I’m sure that is why others never followed David Lynch. More than a romantic entertainment for date night, more than an action flick for pre-teens. A film that changes who you are and how you see life.
JOHN: Creepy, beyond what we want, beyond what we need. But we can’t look away.
SPANKY: 4 Barks out of 4
JOHN: 4 GOs out of 4