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INLAND EMPIRE exemplifies everything I hate about cult films. It's a shining example of the 'Emperor's new clothes' syndrome, a lengthy, supposedly artistic production that ends up being absolutely worthless on account of its obscure plotting and almost entire lack of reason, sense or purpose.
It's a truth that when it comes to writing books, it's very easy to write something that only you yourself understand and identify with. Getting something to appeal to the masses is a lot tougher. Well, the same principle can be applied to film, with the result that David Lynch makes films that appeal to him and others in his little group of right-minded friends. To be honest, I'm flabbergasted that he found funding for such a pretentious outing.
Laura Dern plays an actress who finds herself becoming mixed up in the alternate reality of the movie she's appearing in. Or something like that, anyway. There's lots of wandering about in dimly lit rooms, sub-plots and sequences that seem to have little bearing on the supposed plot, and a whole lot of boredom. In fact, this is one of the most boring films I've had the misfortune to sit through. It's as if Lynch goes out of his way to alienate most of his viewers.
I certainly won't be in a hurry to watch any more of his work - aside from THE ELEPHANT MAN, which I remember being very good.
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