This weeks film was Lost Highway, a film I had previously seen whilst drinking and had little memory of apart from the bizarreness of the storyline. Re-watching the film was an intriguing experience and the film is enjoyable in a way that only David Lynch can provide.

 

THE PLOT

The film has begins following a saxophonist through his day to day life, before he randomly morphs into a younger mechanic. This new character has already lived his full life and has no memory of the other character, leading to some strange encounters and lots of complicated twists towards the end.

 

THE GOOD

The film is as strange a film as you are likely to see and with all Lynch’s best work is so because the world in which it is set is based on our reality, with added touches of oddness.

There are several scenes which stand out as being particularly good and clever use of filmmaking such as the contrast between loud jazz scenes full of strobe lighting and quiet conversations. However it is the input of the ‘Mystery Man’ that makes the film.

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This man has a pale face, reminiscent of the Emperor in Star Wars, and a creepy smile. He appears at key points in the film and speak in strange metaphors. One of the creepiest moments in this film (and it is a creepy film) comes as he videotapes the saxophonist sleeping and leaves the tapes on the doorstep. As the the man watches the videotape the output becomes increasingly frightening.

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The film keeps the Lynch cinematic style of using wide angle shots that are perfectly framed rather than cutting constantly, this as always add a tone to the film that intrigues the audience without boring them.

The film also contains the kind of dark wit for which Lynch is famous for writing; there is a moment when an evil characters chases down a car and beats the man for ‘tailgating’ quoting the average stopping distance in a moment of genius comedy and surrealitty.

 

THE BAD

The film is very intriguing and my main problems come from the narrative and the little explanation there is (although this is probably the point). Neither the saxophonist or the mechanic are given a proper exposition so there is little to like about them and therefore as the narrative moves forward there is little reason to care; particularly when the first character is simply forgotten for 45 minutes.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Lost Highway is a good film; creepy, confusing and original. It is a must see for any Lynch fan although a difficult watch if you don’t know what to expect.

4 Lynchs.

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