Reviewed by: Rees Savidis
What's it about
It’s a brief glimpse inside the mind of one of the most twisted, audacious and brilliant American filmmakers working. Funny, crude and certainly vulgar, David Lynch’s Dumbland isn’t really about anything.
Is it good movie?
Blue Velvet…Wild at Heart…Twin Peaks… The Elephant Man…Dumbland. Hang on, Dumbland? Yup.
I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Dumbland is a work of wonderfully inspired lunacy – and it took the genius mind of David Lynch to pull it off. When a crudely drawn, semi-retarded three-toothed mountain of a man berates his wife for putting up a new clothes-line outside their house because it might impede his ability to take an evening shit in the back yard…you know you’re in for a treat. Dumbland exists in a world that people familiar with David Lynch will recognize almost instantly. It is a world fueled by moments; everything is a passing thought. There’s no pattern here - and it’s brilliant.
What we have here is a collection of eight Flash animated vignettes - varying between two and five minutes in length – created by David Lynch entirely on his Apple computer. Lynch not only provides the story and artwork for the little series, he’s also the sole entity behind the music, editing and voice-work. While the animation is crude, and what semblance of story there is is nonsensical at best, Lynch injects so much on his off-kilter self into each little episode (and with much gusto to boot) that to adorn Dumbland with anything but praise would be criminal.
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Want to see what an acclaimed filmmaker does with his free-time? Dumbland is pure Lynch; raw and un-pasteurized. Seek it out – you wont be disappointed.