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  • Room to Dream

  • A Life
  • By: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
  • Narrated by: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 109

In this memoir, David Lynch - cocreator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive - opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced - sometimes successful, sometimes not - to bring his projects to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Listening

  • By Kevin on 21-06-18

Tedious hagiography

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Repetitive anecdotes from an admittedly impressive range of interviewees paint St Dave as a damn fine bloke. But whereas the Lynch oeuvre is famous for its surrealist blend of light and dark, this rather plodding, strait-laced account is only interested in shining a halo around its subject. Occasional tidbits hint at the complex character beyond the tightly controlled veneer (anger management issues early on, struggles with monogamy). They're few and far between though and you begin to suspect Lynch's co-author is too frightened of upsetting her subject to present anything like an interesting, rounded picture.

Listening to Lynch is a joy, of course. It's the only reason I made it through to the end and the only thing that recommends this timid account of a fearless director.

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