David Lynch: The Art of Life Review
I've been a huge fan of David Lynch for quite awhile now. I have written hundreds and hundreds of words on my love for his work already on this blog, and I am sure I will do it again. I hope all of you have been enjoying the resurgence of "Twin Peaks" on Showtime this summer. That was one of the things that launched him into a high-profile career. His movies and his television shows and...well...pretty much everything he does sparks some kind of debate. You either like his work or you don't. There usually isn't any middle ground.
"David Lynch: The Art of Life" is a documentary all about Lynch discussing his life and how he became the man he is today. He discusses growing up with a nurturing, caring parents. He talks about moving to Philadelphia and strange, contradictory behavior he saw in the city of brotherly love. He discusses how he got some of his earliest work off the ground. Its a very talky movie, and some viewers may find this boring. Me? Well, anytime I get to hear people I greatly admire talk, I can't help but get wrapped up in what they are saying.
Even though it wasn't, this feels like a documentary directed by Lynch himself. There are surreal bits throughout the entire movie, which only add to the style and surrounding of the entire documentary. This is a movie about Lynch himself, of course there is going to be weird moments. Scenes play with his voice-over cut to scenes of his art. Actual art. Yes, Lynch is a painter and sculptor when he isn't making entertainment for your screen. Much like his screened entertainment, his art is surreal and strange. And I secretly want to buy some to decorate my house with. There is also scenes of his first film called "The Alphabet." Anything connected to Lynch just wouldn't be Lynch unless scared the shit out of me, and there is scene from "The Alphabet" that did just that, I am officially scared to go to sleep tonight. Thanks for that, David.
"The Art of Life" is a unfiltered jump into the brain of an artist. Nothing more, nothing less. I couldn't have expected or asked for anything more.
FINAL GRADE: A