David Robert Mitchell’s neo-noir “Under the Silver Lake” premiered at Cannes on Wednesday to mixed reactions.
The film stars Andrew Garfield as Sam, a young man who becomes obsessed with the disappearance of his neighbor. She is played by Riley Keough. The film also stars Topher Grace, Sydney Sweeney, Jimmi Simpson, and Grace Van Patten.
Garfield recently earned his first Oscar nomination for “Hacksaw Ridge,” which was also nominated for Best Picture. His breakout role came with “The Social Network” in 2010. He followed that with taking up the mantle of Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man” films. He also starred in “99 Homes,” “Silence,” and is coming off of an acclaimed Broadway performance of “Angels in America.”
Riley Keough has had a busy couple of years. After appearing in films like “Magic Mike” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” she starred in “American Honey” and hasn’t looked back. She went on to “It Comes at Night” and “Logan Lucky” last summer, and had two films premiering at Cannes this year. This film, and the highly controversial Lars Von Trier film, “The House That Jack Built.”
Mitchell wrote and directed the film. It is his third feature, following “The Myth of the American Sleepover,” and “It Follows.” The latter was something of a surprise, earning generally enthusiastic reviews.
The instant reactions to “Under the Silver Lake,” though, are interesting to look at. It seems that the film, perhaps, plays better to a younger crowd? At least on a cursory glance through the emerging tweets. Here are a few examples, starting with the unfavorable:
If you loved INHERENT VICE, you will hate UNDER THE SILVER LAKE.
But also if you hated INHERENT VICE, you’ll probably hate UNDER THE SILVER LAKE.
— Miriam Bale (@mimbale) May 16, 2018
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE: The very definition of pretentious white male hipster douchebag bullshit. Boring, misogynist, devoid of meaning beyond self-indulgence. #Cannes2018
— Shelagh Rowan-Legg? (@bonnequin) May 16, 2018
So “under the silver lake” – some of that was wonderful ironic slap at pop culture and properly funny and disconcerting. Some of it was infuriating muddles and the gender politics are a big hmmm. I also feel old because of what was played at the “old music night”.
— Charlie Phillips (@charliechar) May 16, 2018
Under the Silver Lake starts off aspiring towards Lynchian mystery then very rapidly becomes an over extended episode of Scooby Doo (without the laughs!) #Cannes18
— Mark Cosgrove (@msc45) May 16, 2018
Under the Silver Lake — a vexing muddle https://t.co/9xs8nQbMS6
— Financial Times (@FT) May 16, 2018
And, of course, a few loved it:
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE: about searching for meaning in a world that is indifferent to you. i found myself trying to crack the film’s code when really, it’s not that deep bruh. LOVED IT #Cannes2018
— iana (@yorgosIanthimos) May 16, 2018
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE is exactly the kind of thing I want from this festival – ambitious, flawed, a vision. An LA film through and through,not just in setting but in its pace and cuckoo logic and knowingly ridiculous male gaze. #Cannes2018
— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) May 16, 2018
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE: every generation gets the Southland Tales it deserves (and I mean that as a high compliment to both of these films). #Cannes2018
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 16, 2018
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE: a mysterious cocktail of Pynchon and Lynch that's weird, unsettling and seriously entertaining. A strange cult movie (in more than one way) that proves Mitchell is one of America's strongest voices in cinema. Garfield is gooooood! #Cannes2018
— douglas greenwood (@douglasgrnwd) May 16, 2018
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE is extremely my shit, a movie made for Hollywood strivers who feel so close to cracking the code yet deep down, know their dreams will remain forever out of reach. It's also a movie made for people who love Andrew Garfield's butt
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 16, 2018