Under the Silver Lake review – fantastically illogical conspiracy porn

For Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg made a point of removing all pop culture references to his own films, to avoid distraction from the wider artistic homage in motion. In contrast, Under the Silver Lake director David Robert Mitchell pays tribute to a history of iconic movies and music, and deliberately leaves a breadcrumb trail to his previous films, just for fun. And when Andrew Garfield (as the film’s bumbling protagonist, Sam) scrutinizes an Amazing Spider-Man comic, it’s nothing more than a happy coincidence.

After the Critics’ Week successes The Myth of the American Sleepover (2010) and It Follows (2014), Mitchell completes a Cannes hat trick with his first competition entry; a sprawling, painfully stylish and skittish noir odyssey. It’s no modest neighbourhood inquiry — Under the Silver Lake twists and turns with fantastical and illogical conspiracy porn over a taxing 140-minute runtime. Garfield carries the film as an unreliable voyageur, with a simultaneously dogged and lazy catalyst to find his neighbour, Sarah, who has mysteriously vanished.

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