Blue Velvet @ The Flicks 2 @ The Empire
Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his small town home when his father has an accident and ends up in hospital. A quiet walk home changes his perceptions forever when he discovers a human ear in the long grass.
He reports it to the police but decides to make some enquires himself with the help of the officer’s daughter Sandy. The trail begins with the mysterious Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini!) and drags Jeffrey into the unseen underworld of Frank Booth.
For the majority of people, you either like the director David Lynch or you dislike him. In some ways this is one of the easiest Lynch films to get into – here the darkness is not a wide world of demons as in Fire Walk With Me, but is one man and his associates who can be overcome.
It is weird without going totally overboard and it allows us to sink into the underworld gradually without sudden falls.
Dennis Hopper controls every scene he is in, but the meeting of wholesome and weird is perfectly delivered and is trademark Lynch.
(120 mins, crime, mystery, thriller)