‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths

‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths
Whether you’ve seen “Under the Silver Lake” or not, you might be asking yourself the same question Andrew Garfield spends most of the film pondering: What does it all mean? So are the members of a small-but-devoted subreddit, where tinfoil-hat-wearing sleuths have been theorizing about the many clues in David Robert Mitchell’s sun-baked neo-noir for months.

Not that this isn’t without a certain irony. About an unemployed man named Sam (Garfield) whose obsessive quest to decode pop songs leads him down a dangerous path, “Under the Silver Lake” is hardly an endorsement of that kind of behavior. Sam’s search for meaning among minutiae isn’t exactly a fruitful one, with much of “Under the Silver Lake” unfolding in the same vein as “The Big Lebowski” and “Inherent Vice”: There are clues and intrigue, sure, but few of them lead to anything substantive.

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