David Lynch proves once and for all he has no place making movies. As a 180 minute test of filmgoers patience, Inland Empire is a monumental achievement. But as a piece of cinema trying to convey anything beyond sheer confusion and stupidity, Inland Empire fails on every level. The worst looking, worst acted, worst written, worst edited film I've ever seen.
I hesitate to rate this film because it so bewildered me. It's a whirlwind of fairly unrelated images, many of which are quite insane, but at the same time it is incredibly emotional and there are some brilliant scenes. Regardless of whether I understand it, there are images in this film which deserve to be remembered in film history as much as anything from Eraserhead or Mulholland Dr. And I do believe there to be important and coomplex themes even if there's not what one would call a plot
Not a film you should try to analyze or interpret, but to experience, like a dream. Lasting three hours, INLAND EMPIRE is difficult, consuming and often depressing. But after a week you realize you're still trapped inside it. And you might never want to see it again.
It's amazing how people seem desperate to believe that there was any sort of value in this maddening, incoherent mess. I can only understand it as an experiment by Lynch to see how far he could push it -- he's probably laughing his ass off somewhere, watching critics fall over themselves trying to interpret and defend his collection of unintelligible sketches.
The closest anyone can ever get to a feature-length, fully auteristic film. This is like drilling a hole into Lynch's head and projecting what's inside - from beautiful scenes (the Polish dinner table) to disturbing (the spotlight face!) to plain brilliant (everything where Dern plays the beat-up whore). Analyzing the film is not the point: this is about setting tone/mood and it is all done masterfully. Cuddle up next to your girlfriend and watch alongside Bergman's Persona for a definite mind-f
Sometimes hard to follow but filled with the usual David Lynch dreamlike, almost surreal imagery. I think it helps a great deal if you are familiar with Lynch's work to fully appreciate the intent of this film. Highly recommended to Lynch fans!
Lynch's least successful movie since Dune. It would be an unfortunate outcome if this director, possessing such an outstanding ability to craft beautiful cinematic imagery, decides to continue working with digital video cameras rather than film.