The Movie: 7/10
Loving movies is one of those things that I have come to believe takes almost a lifetime to truly appreciate. A movie that catches my attention from the first scene to the last, regardless of the overall “quality” is always a good experience. Under the Silver Lake is one of those movies.
I can’t say it’s got all the elements that make movie magic for me, that’s a whole other topic, but it digs around in my old brain and finds all the nooks and crannies where movies haven’t been in a while and wakes them up. It’s a little weird, a little disruptive to the formulaic formula of movie formulas, and that all made it really fun to watch.
Our leading man is a bit of a under achiever. It seems he doesn’t work, can’t pay his rent, hangs around in his messy apartment, and that’s about it. He comes across an interesting young woman, and his trip down the rabbit hole (or under the lake) begins. We get to meet wacky characters along the way, doing wacky things that had me shaking my head at the pretentiousness, laughing, and craning my neck to get a closer look at the spectacle.
The pursuit of a woman based on a brief encounter isn’t new, and to be honest I find it super creepy when I really think about it, but it’s a trope that is at the heart of a lot of stories. As we follow our guy around he starts to find clues to a big conspiracy, or maybe not. To go from doing nothing with his life to trying to solve the mystery of this missing woman seems like it gives him purpose, and yet, the one thing I kept thinking was “does this guy ever plan to grow the hell up, get a job, be more responsible?” which shows my age, but it created the right amount of tension that kept me interested in his choices along the way.
There are big statements about society and human nature and it’s a bit preachy about how we are all doomed by our own greed and misguided priorities, etc. but that’s fine. It is balanced by things like an old man at a piano shooting at our hero, a cave/basement party/bar you have to eat a cookie to get into, and a homeless man who has access to underground tunnels that gives the impression of a secret world under our world that pulls all the strings…I like it. I can’t explain it, and like I said in the beginning, it held my attention, entertained me, made me smile, and confirmed why I love movies. When one is in that zone of goodness (which is subjective because I do love a lot of not really so good movies) they wrap my mind in someone else’s fictional view of this world for a little while.
- What Lies Under The Silver Lake: Produxtion Design (10 Minutes) – A really cool look at the color palettes used in the movie.
- Beautiful Specter: Musical Neo-Noir (10 Minutes) – The score and music of the movie is explored.
- Blu-ray Disc
Audio & Video: 8/10
Under The Silver Lake Comes to Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Lionsgate and A24. The 1080P AVC transfer is presented in 2.39:1 aspect ratio. This is a very pretty looking film and its quite clear every frame had an incredible amount of thought and production design put into it. Part Lynch and Part Hitchcock the image has a clarity that is unmatched on Blu-ray.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Mix adds a lot to the film in terms of atmosphere and surround activity is used copiously. Everything here was clean and LFE and dialog were prioritized perfectly.
Overall Score 7/10