Messy mystery only makes half-sense
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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