I saw an episode or two of Twin Peaks (one of my friends loved it) and otherwise haven’t seen anything from David Lynch prior to this film.
The best thing to say about the film is that it seems like a dream. Dreams might be irrelevant, fleeting, and meaningless, and this movie accurately portrays this by imitating all of that.
The two scenes that generate the most emotion (the Audition and the Spanish Song) aren’t part of the plot (such as it is)… which makes me realize just how bad the movie is.
Many dreams actually have plots and many dreams ARE sensible… not Lynch’s however.
The characters are “fun” to look at. They have virtually no development… Style completely takes the place of Substance. Your dream one night can completely contradict your dream the next night.
Some scenes are played to an extreme cheese factor, such as closeups of faces in moments of no importance.
The characters seem to understand they are in a dream… they don’t bother to demand explanations. They are defeated by their own necessary ignorance.
Thankfully for Amnesia there is some semblance of a plot.
The dialogue is stilted, stylized, and parts of it made me cringe. Fortunately most of the movie is silent.
I asked myself why the light below the cattle head at Cowboy’s flickered so much before turning on… I was thinking an electrician should pay a visit. But then I realized like the entire rest of the film, it has no meaning. The one question you can never ask of this film is Why?
This perhaps stands as the most critically overrated film in history. It isn’t even a film in the traditional sense… or that is to say there is no rational base to which things like the plot relate. Which would be just fine if this rational base was replaced by something equivalent or better. But its not.
Stylized irrelevancy. I only asked Why once, and I quickly learned that nothing in this film matters. Why ask Why? Try Mulholland Drive.