Under the Silver Lake (2018) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: David Robert Mitchell
STARRING: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace
RATED: R/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1 (BDr)
AVAILABLE FROM Lionsgate Films
Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy in the City of Angels.
David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake is his follow-up to a personal favorite of mine, It Follows. And after having seen it I’m not too sure how to feel about it. I will compare it a bit to how I felt after Richard Kelly followed up Donnie Darko with Southland Tales. You have a legit classic and then you follow it up with this giant mind-trip that resembles stuff like David Lynch but never seems to give you a reward and things seem to just happen for the sake of happening and being weird. That’s probably how I’d describe Under the Silver Lake. There’s a whole lot to take in once you watch it. Perhaps a bit too much. It starts off very slow, turns into an OKAY conspiracy theory movie, and then turns into a bit of a mess before finally having just a shade of a deeper meaning that might not even mean what I personally assumed it meant. All this happens in over two hours and I’m not sure I’ll ever find the motivation to re-watch and see if I can get anything else out of it.
I do think the acting portion of it is pretty good. There are some touching moments with the leading actor Andrew Garfield but it gets covered up a bit with some muddled other stuff. Riley Keough is great but naturally, we don’t see much of her since her vanishing is what sets this one forward and if it wasn’t such a can of worms what follows it would probably be a good enough mystery to go from and build from there. Some people are praising this movie for being the broad spectrum that it is and I’m sure in David Robert Mitchell’s mind this was what he wanted to say but perhaps next time he should make his point just a bit more clear. It Follows was a weird movie and had some odd stuff going on, but at the end of it all, I think it all made sense and was a classic. This one is something else and I’m just not sure what that something else is at the moment.
– What Lies Under the Silver Lake Featurette
– Beautiful Specter
Quality of Transfer: 97%