Film programmer at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, USA
The movie where the red herring is a yellow car… so many yellow cars.
Despite a capably bonkers performance from Donna “Angel” Wilkes this one is pretty drab. Kinski is apparently sleepwalking throughout which is effective in its own way at times but uncomfortable the rest of them.
Worth watching for Wilkes, an early career Christopher Lloyd, and to consider all the ways it could have been made better.
I appreciate what WITCHBOARD is trying to do in a way and maybe it’s a decent script/concept hampered by bad acting, production design, direction, editing, and I guess just about everything else that goes into making a movie. Maybe I’m just extra disappointed because I can see a different film where the (admittedly interesting in concept) male bonding scenes are better handled… perhaps edited in such a way that some actual suspense is created.
Regardless, the climactic scene is definitely…
David Lynch saw this movie.
It is not Lynchian really but the influence on Twin Peaks is hard to deny and Laura Dern’s character leads chronologically and thematically straight into Blue Velvet, not to mention the fact that the last third of the film is a less explicit yet arguably more unnerving version of the Bobby Peru scene from Wild at Heart.
All that is not to diminish the power and complexity of SMOOTH TALK. It’s a surprisingly subjective film…