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Under the Silver Lake (2018)

Directed by:
David Robert Mitchell
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Black comedy/Mystery

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Under the Silver Lake

RUNNING TIME
139 minutes

Produced by:
Michael De Luca
Chris Bender
Jake Weiner
Adele Romanski
David Robert Mitchell

Written by:
David Robert Mitchell


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Sam Andrew Garfield
Sarah Riley Keough
Bar Buddy Topher Grace
Millicent Sevence Callie Hernandez
Final Man Don McManus -
Songwriter Jeremy Bobb -
Actress Riki Lindhome -
Troy Zosia Mamet -
Comic Fan Patrick Fischler
Allen Jimmi Simpson -
Balloon Girl Grace Van Patten -
Jesus Luke Baines -
Homeless King David Yow -

 

Review

One cannot fault David Robert Mitchell for a lack of ambition with Under the Silver Lake, his follow-up to the compelling and highly successful It Follows from 2014. This time, he leaves his native Michigan behind and ventures into a contemporary Los Angeles populated by overly pop-culturally aware young adults who find themselves caught in the hopelessness of living up to the city's century-long tradition for celebrity and artistic success. Aesthetically, Mitchell wants to make a noirish L.A. movie mystery of classic proportions, with a narrative style and a musical score homaging mid-20th century noir, but the narrative he weaves around it is a teenage boy fantasy which is hard to take seriously, and the pop-cultural nostalgia very soon becomes too glaring and insistent to really transcend into anything. The film feels like a fan fiction follow-up to The Goonies told by a stoned-out underachiever from the Goonies generation. Still, there are a few haunting scenes, such as our protagonist's visit at the songwriter's house. Andrew Garfield delves into his character with a certain conviction and hopefulness, but chances are he would have been just as underwhelmed by what he ultimately was presented with as his character Sam is.

Copyright 11.11.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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