The movie starts out with a pre-title sequence of people jitterbugging. A beautiful blond that seems to be
happy pops up right close to the screen with the jitterbugging in the background. Then her face blurs away with
everything else. Then the movie starts proper with a title sequence of a black car driving down
Mulholland Drive at night. In the car, a beautiful brunette (Laura Elena Harring) is in the back seat and two men on
in front seat. They stop the car and she says this isn't the place, then one of them pulls out a gun and they are going
to kill her.
Meanwhile, two cars are racing on both sides of the road and the race is coming towars our stopped
car. One of the cars crashes into the stopped car and the brunette's life is saved, but she stumbles out of the
car moments later. She walks away from the accident scenes dazed and confused. She walks down from Mulholland
Drive and hides out of the way (or runs away each time she sees someone approaching her way). She finds a bush outside
of an apartment complex and she falls asleep until the morning when we see a mature red-headed woman leaving and packing her
bags into a taxi. Our confused brunette wanders into the woman's apartment and falls asleep under the kitchen
Later that day, a blond named Betty (Naomi Watts) arrives in L.A. and she is talking to a nice
old couple (but are they really nice or are they some type of demons that are making sure that she arrives in L.A.).
Betty is an aspiring actress and she is staying at her aunt's place (her aunt is the redhead we saw leaving earlier).
Betty stumbles upon the confused brunette (and she thinks the brunette is a friend of her aunt's). The brunette
can't remember her name and assumes the name of Rita. Betty finds out her aunt doesn't know Rita. Betty
decides to take pity on Rita. Rita doesn't remember anything and the only clues are $50,000 and a strange blue
key in her purse. Betty and Rita decide to investigate and find out who Rita is (and Betty also goes to an audition).
Mulholland Drive seems like a normal narritive in the Twin Peaks fashion for the most of the movie.
One scene can be humorous (like a hitman's screwup after killing one person leads to him havint
to kill two more people) and the next can be eerie and threatening. There are other plotlines going on like
Adam who is a director and he is being strong armed into hiring a new actress named Camille Rhodes by the movie execs
and his refusing to give into the Hollywood system leads to a meeting with The Cowboy in an empty corral.
Lynch has alot of things going on from plotlines to imagery to characters and so on.
The last 45 minutes dives Mulholland Drive into "Lost Highway" territory. The blue key opens
a mysterious blue box. When the box is opened, it gets real strange.
Are Betty and Rita in a nightmare only to be sucked into a terrifying reality and then be sucked
back into a more horrifying nightmare? Or are they in a reality only to be sucked into a nightmare that amplifies
what happened before? Or is the blue box a gateway to terrifying paralell universe? Even if my interpetation
of this movie is wrong, this movie challenged me. I love this movie. It has a way of making you think
as David lynch makes sure the movie's images are burned into your mind long after you've seen. Lynch just
loves to screw with your mind and screw with it even more as Mulholland Drive goes on.
What does it all mean? Is the movie a statement on many things including identity and
the Hollywood system? How many different interpetations are there? Do you even dare watch Mulholland Drive
and let the movie confuse you? I have and I would like to take that trip again into Lych's world of surreal nightmares