Messy mystery only makes half-sense

Messy mystery only makes half-sense
Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough in Under the Silver Lake
As is so often the way with young filmmakers who break out with their first widely seen effort, It Follows writer and director David Robert Mitchell takes a big swing with his follow-up; a ramshackle LA-set stoner detective story that plays out like a sci-fi Raymond Chandler or a hipster Hitchcock. Blurring the distinctions between genres with commendable impudence, Mitchell further muddies his already sodden pastiche with flashes of unsettling surrealism and unconventional comedy, resulting in an over-long, over-enunciated shaggy-dog mystery that somehow combines to make a certain sense. It won’t be for everyone, and I’m not certain it’s for me, but Under the Silver Lake is a cult film in more ways than one.

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