Tuesday 23 July 2019

Under the Silver Lake review: 'A pretentious, aimless mess'

2 stars

Andrew Garfield in Under the Silver Lake
Andrew Garfield in Under the Silver Lake
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

When David Robert Mitchell’s lean and mean horror film It Follows was released in 2014, it was hailed as the second coming.

Suddenly Mitchell was flavour of the moment, and got the green light to make this project, which he’d been planning for years.

Andrew Garfield is Sam, a spectacularly lazy young man who lives in a rundown Los Angeles apartment complex and fantasizes aimlessly about his female neighbours.

When one of them (Riley Keough) disappears, Sam is drawn into a labyrinthine mystery.

Under the Silver Lake has noir-ish overtones, and lays it on thick with clunky film references and a Douglas Sirk-style soundtrack. It thinks a lot of itself, but is a pretentious, aimless mess.

(16, 139mins)

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