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Mulholland Drive (2001) Movie Review

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

You cannot mention Mulholland Drive without talking about its greatness. This film has always been one of the best despite premiering more than 20 years ago.

Its mind-boggling twists and plot structure is like a chef's kiss. After watching this film, you will have a lot of questions.

Plot Overview

The movie begins with a female survivor of a car crash accident on Mulholland Drive in Hollywood Hills. She goes by foot to downtown Los Angeles and sneaks into an apartment. Later, an aspiring actress named Betty Elms arrives at the place and is surprised to find the woman. Her unknown visitor suffers from amnesia and calls herself Rita after seeing the poster of Gilda. Betty agrees to help her remember her identity. She scrambles Rita's things and finds a large amount of money and a blue key.

Meanwhile, a man tells about his nightmare in a local diner called Winkie's. In his dream, he mentions encountering a demonic figure behind the restaurant. They attempted to investigate if it was true and the man collapsed in fright when the figure appeared. Adam Kesher, a director, was ordered to cast an unknown woman named Camilla Rodes by mobsters. He refuses and goes home to find her wife cheating on him. He meets a mysterious cowboy who urges him to cast Camilla. Meanwhile, a hitman steals a book of phone numbers and kills three people.

Betty and Rita go to Winkie's and are served by a waitress named Diane. Rita remembers from her juggled memory the name Diane Selwyn. They tried to call her, but she did not answer. As the two begin investigating more, they get drawn deeper into the truth, which involves them in more ways than they think.


Mulholland Drive featured the talents of Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. Almost every actor or actress in this movie delivered, but the two leads stole the show. David Lynch, the director, used his creativity to make this masterpiece.

I like how the movie starts and ends with mystery. It keeps you questioning throughout the film experience. It might not be very clear for some, especially casual watchers, because of its unusual structure, but it matches the bombshell reveal at the end.

Overall, it's understandably one of the best films. The way the story misdirects you is unbelievably done effectively.

A perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

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