For all its original twisting of neo-noir tropes, Lynch's iconic film aims to disclose the 'essence' of the Real, both as nature and the insect-dominated soil below the lawn and as society's immanent pathology in the ultimate negation of socialization processes through Hopper's sociopath instincts. Yet, the structure of the narrative is classical despite stylized slow motions, puns on US values and decay's residue.
Here lies an explicitly perverse narrative devoid of Lynch's usual kerfuffle. Its a lot more linear, and silently eerie. However, this makes it even more shocking and hypnotic. Conventionally, for a mystery thriller the audience demands 'who', 'what', 'when', 'where', 'why' ....but lynch only clearly gives 'who' and kind of delivers a sketch or outline of the rest.
this is one of those films that, despite their being mysterious, symbolic and strange, just flows perfectly. it all starts and comes to an end in such a natural way that i forgot i was watching a movie. isabella rossellini and laura dern are stunning in opposite ways in this. the music is sensual and funny too at times, perfect for the subtle absurdity of "blue velvet". thanks lynch!
El mal está más cerca de lo que podemos admitir. Está ahí, mezclado con lo banal cotidiano. La tranquilidad mirada de cerca muestra fisuras. Es el mundo de Lynch en estado puro. Gran ensamble de virtuosismos fílmicos. Hay miradas notables de Rosellini y Dern, como extrapoladas del impresionismo alemán. Es extraño que la extrañeza se mantenga extraña. Será que es difícil admitir su familiaridad. Obra maestra.
To me, this is his most overrated film : it's a competent 80's noir but it falls flat on lynchisms, it flerts with symbolism but the plot is pretty straight to the point : it leaves too litle for the viewer but to watch beautiful scenes in America, so dirty, so violent, so drenched into power & perversion : Lynch always delivers this dream inside dreams atmosphere, but in Blue Velvet I almost wished to wake up.
Blending cheesy, romantic, melodramatic scenes with scary, disgusting & sometimes repulsive material so seamlessly is not an easy task, but this movie excels in that regard, and bridges 2 polar opposite worlds. And with such awesome mixing of styles and subject matter, this satisfies viewers who wouldn't normally watch one or the other (melodrama or shocking horror for ex.). Since I love both, it is my cup of tea. 10
Perhaps it will grow on me, but as of today, I found Blue Velvet to be a dreadfully boring, visually bland, thematic nothing-sandwich that, like Dune, demonizes fetishes and homosexuality. Also reading the reviews of this film made me question if people understand what Surrealism is, as this is not even remotely a surrealist film. It is weird and unconventional (to its detriment), but it is no Un Chin Andalou.