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Trick 'r Treat is a film that raises your hopes and ultimately leaves them underwhelmed by delivering a product that looks great with no substance. As other reviewers pointed out, this movie oozes a love for all things all Hallow's eve and conjures memories of so many Halloweens and scary stories told many years ago. When it turns out there's no brains behind the nostalgia tripping is when the movie falls. Predictable and meaningless holiday fun.
Surprisingly poignant and intimate look at what it's like to be underappreciated pioneers that almost made it and are still trying to.
Anderson's third feature showed him throwing everything he had at creating an Altman-esque drama bursting at the seams. Covering topics like child abuse, forgiveness, redemption, judgement, and love; Anderson shot for the stars and only narrowly missed.
There's just too many dissatisfying elements to this movie that are incredibly risky with no real pay off. The best I can say of it is that I have never seen anything like it, even in Lynch's canon. Overall this feels like an exercise in just how over-the-top you can do a love story as an absurdist comedy.. which can only satisfy so much.
A movie that apparently only Lynch can even begin to understand the meaning of, this is best watched with friends sympathetic to its stream-of-consciousness surrealism that can laugh at what's funny and work with you to decipher the multitude of repeated motifs and symbols.