David Lynch celebrated his 74th birthday on Monday, January 20, in style – in his signature style, to be exact – by releasing a short, black-and-white film on Netflix which revolves around him interrogating a talking, shady monkey in a suit. Classic Lynch. In fact, classic, yet with a twist.
While the 17-minute film, called What Did Jack Do?, can be summed up exactly as any other David Lynch film – as anything but ordinary – it is actually quite funny in a very quaint way, too. The vibe is quite reminiscent of the classic noir detective films, like something that came out of a Raymond Chandler’s story, with Lynch drilling the monkey in a subdued room while it maintains its façade with funnily ambiguous answers.
The short film will probably come as a true delight for the legendary director’s many fans who haven’t had a fix of his surrealistic, highly distinctive style of storytelling and filmmaking since his short film Ant Head from 2018 and the revival of his iconic Twin Peaks series on Showtime the year before that. The last “traditional” feature film that he directed was Inland Empire which came out in 2006.
What Did Jack Do? even features one of Lynch’s hallmarks – a bizarre song that takes central stage, which we’ve also seen in his classics Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet.