One of the seminal films of the 80s, Blue Velvet is a weird and mesmerising neo-noir. The fascinating storyline is brought to life by a capable cast with memorable performances from Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell.
Blue Velvet tackles sexual deviation, drug abuse, madness and violence; yet it is surprisingly easy to watch.
Writer/director David Lynch’s film is a satire, filled with surreal impressions based on characters with extreme psychological issues. Due to this decoupling from reality, we don’t take the film’s important topics – such as misogyny – seriously; something that has led to strong negative analyses from some film critics such as the superb Roger Ebert.
Most film experts, however, celebrate Blue Velvet as a cult classic. And rightly so. It is a thoroughly original and enjoyable film filled with the eccentricities and unique cinematic style which have made David Lynch distinguished amongst audiences and critics alike.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. However, this one is pretty harmless:
Title: Blue Velvet
Direction: David Lynch
Screenplay: David Lynch
Editing: Duwayne Dunham
Score: Angelo Badalamenti
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Dean Stockwell