Lost Highway review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/04/12
In this raters opinion, a movie that makes you think, react, focus, have interpretations (2001: A Space Odyssey, Mulholland Drive, Vertigo, Persona, Inception, Tree of Life, The Fountain just to name a few) are the usual formulas of a great or cult movie. One of the most confusing and well symbolized neo-noir thrillers this reviewer has witnessed. Well paced rarely seen from from the director. The bizarre movie is about saxophonist Fred Madison (Bill Pullman), his wife Renee (Patricia Arquette), a mystery man (Robert Blake), an auto mechanic Pete Dayton (Balthazar Getty) and a gangster Mr. Eddy (Robert Loggia). Soundtrack and direction were fabulous as always. Performances wasn't much demanding based on the roles since its real focus is on the plot. As in every Lynch flick, it has violence, sex and surrealism. One of the key lines: Al - "here is no such thing as a bad coincidence." Mystery Man - "You invited me. It is not my custom to go where I am not wanted." Pete - "We killed him." Several questions may boggle your mind, it maybe be done on purpose or just missing plot points due to a tight deadline to accomplish the film. Despite its bizarre premise, one cannot help but enjoy the right of Lost Highway where murder, affairs, deceit, personal interpretation, obsession, voyeurism, reckless driving, reality vs. fantasy and evil were exhibited. Confusing as The Fountain or even Mulholland Drive, there is no denying that this has an effect on the viewer, which is quite rare for pictures nowadays.
For those who plan on viewing this, this CAN BE A SPOILER ALERT. My interpretation/self analysis: As one of the quotes on the film reveal the idea of the movie - "I like to remember things my own way." It is riddled with symbolism's such as Fred equaling to reality/trying to evade reality, Renee is promiscuous, temptation and conniving (since she has 2 personalities), Mystery Man is the devil who gives Fred the ability to kill and escape, and Mr. Eddy/Laurant is porno, crime and motive for vengeance (of Fred) symbolized. The videos show the "reality" of the events that occurred since it is definitely documented, and voyeurism as well.