'Under the Silver Lake' [Blu-ray]
(Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Summer Bishil, Jimmi Simpson, Topher Grace, et al / Blu-ray / PR / 2019 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night.
The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.
Blu-ray Verdict: Taking it from the top, 'It Follows' was a film that I truly loved for its substance, style, score, and themes.
It was a really good work and showed that horror films could be intensely entertaining without the jump scares.
So, of course, we were all awaiting what David Robert Mitchell would do next.
I have to say that the trailer for 'Under The Silver Lake' looked good from the very off, like a neo-noir that would be stylish and memorable, but with the film's release getting pushed back further and further only to find its way onto home video as opposed to the movie theater, well, the alarm bells were ringing long before the blu-ray arrived here for review!
So, after watching it last night I'll say the film has its moments and is nice to look at as it captures that chill California feel; which I have always have found both calming and grounded.
Unfortunately, it doesn't compare to the innovation that 'It Follows' delivered, but that was always going to be a hard act to follow (no pun intended … I think!)
'Under the Silver Lake' is about a young slacker who notices that he has a beautiful neighbor. He spends a night bonding with her and then soon discovers that she has disappeared without a trace.
He finds clues that lead him to various parties and events all around town and then starts to realize that the circumstances of her disappearance are deeper than he had originally thought they were.
Starring both Andrew Garfield ('Spider-man,' 'Breathe') and Riley Keough ('Logan Lucky,' 'American Honey') you can see the presence of David Robert Mitchell throughout - which is one of the pluses here.
The film is nice and bright and uses its atmosphere and location to set its mood. As a neo noir set in modern day Los Angeles the film looks the part and has the beautiful people and sex to go with it.
However, and playing Devil's Advocate the film does suffer from being a bit too long and slow with the next passage not being as interesting as the last.
That said, and in closing, it's by no means a bad film it just doesn't capitalize on the highly anticipated precedent set by 'It Follows'.
Maybe the film needed a bit of Maika Monroe because it just felt like there was something missing from this film to make it something special.
I'm still excited to see what Mitchell comes up with next, but maybe he should go back to what he accomplished with 'It Follows' rather than a meandering noir that doesn't always work.
The frustrating thing about 'Under the Silver Lake' is that it has the look and feel to succeed here, but needed more intricate cinematography and such to become truly special (IMHO). This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
· “What Lies Under the Silver Lake” Featurette
· “Beautiful Specter” Featurette
The 'Under the Silver Lake' Blu-ray and DVD will include two making-of featurettes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.