Under the Silver Lake (2018)
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Critic Consensus: Under the Silver Lake hits its stride slightly more often than it stumbles, but it's hard not to admire - or be drawn in by - writer-director David Robert Mitchell's ambition.
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Mitchell has interesting ideas, and his actors seem to be having fun, but that's not enough when the film itself lacks atmosphere, or tension, or emotional engagement.
Mitchell is taking a big swing with his third feature, trying something not just new but also more unconventional, ambitious, and even potentially off-putting.
It's fascinating to watch Mitchell grasp for a bigger picture with the wild ambition of his scruffy protagonist.
It's the kind of raggedy-ass thriller that only gets made when a young filmmaker, emboldened by success, moves past virtues of concision, hoping to summon the full, meandering spell of a paranoid dream. Don't hold it against him.
Pretty soon the commentary on how Hollywood uses women as decoration outweighs the fact that Mitchell's just repeating the cycle - albeit with better-than-average outfits.
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