Lost Highway (1997)

Director: David Lynch

Writer: David Lynch

Barry Gifford

Plot: After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Cast: Bill Pullman – Fred Madison

Patricia Arquette  – Renee Madison / Alice Wakefield

Balthazar Getty – Pete Dayton

Robert Loggia – Mr.Eddy / Dick Laurent

Robert Blake – Mystery Man

Review:

I decided to give David Lynch another chance after Eraserhead and it was a right thing to do. I found Lost Highway to be completely different from Eraserhead and it just blown me away. It has an interesting plot in which we follow Fred Madison, a sax player, who is found guilty for the murder of his wife. In his cell, while awaiting death penalty, he is being transformed into a young car mechanic named Pete Dayton. As you can see, this summary doesn’t make any sense at all neither it is explained during the movie but no matter. David Lynch has made a nice suspenseful atmosphere consisting of creepy images, weird colors and excellent soundtracks. And all that makes Lost Highway really worth watching! It is a strange experience you should definitely see.

The transformation scene is not the only scene that makes no (or little) sense. There are even some “intellectual” moments in it like in Eraserhead but I didn’t mind them very much. Besides that, Lost Highway has a really complex synopsis full of duel personalities, strange characters and weird twists. As a movie it is very unique. However, I still felt that David Lynch pushes himself a little too hard. He wants everything to be so abstract and “different” from the mainstream. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing although I think Lost Highway would be even better if he kept that “intellectual” feeling in moderate amounts. Even though Lost Highway seems so strange and weird it still has a decent atmosphere that is really worth experiencing.

Anyways, Lost Highway features some good actors playing very interesting characters. The best role would surely go to Robert Blake who plays the Mystery Man. We don’t know almost nothing about his character except that his appearance is very strange and creepy and that he has a big part in the movie’s synopsis. The movie soundtrack also has a big part in the atmosphere. The songs were carefully picked to fit the character’s inner feelings in such a strange way so they make a really great impression on the watcher. The soundtrack features songs from some great artists like Marilyn Manson (Mr. Manson even has a short cameo in it with his bass player, Twiggy Ramirez), Rammstein, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails. All in all, I found Lost Highway to be really good, it surely is different but it’s still excellent.

My Rating: 8/10 … Lost Highway is a weird experience you should see if you haven’t already.

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