A musician is framed for his wife's murder, then transforms into
another man while in prison, where he is released to start a new life.
Lost Highway (1997)
Directed by David Lynch
Written by David Lynch and Barry Gifford
Starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty,
Robert Blake, Robert Loggia, Gary Busey, Lucy Butler, Richard Pryor
Lost Highway is easily the worst thing David Lynch has ever produced, and I'm including the abysmal third season of Twin Peaks. This film is a mash-up of so many bizarre ideas, none of which click together. Apart from solid performances from Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette, there is nothing to gain from watching this train wreck for over two hours. With David Lynch, I'll admit you have to adjust your mind to accommodate some weird shit. I could accept that with Eraserhead and to a lesser extent, with Blue Velvet. But Lost Highway doesn't even attempt to be coherent. It's just film clips and noise.
Pullman plays Fred Madison, a jazz musician who encounters a mysterious stranger (Blake) at a party. Soon after, his wife Renee (Arquette) is murdered and Fred is imprisoned for it. While in prison, Fred inexplicably morphs into young mechanic Pete Dayton (Getty) and released, since Pete has committed no crime. Now, we're in a completely different movie. Pete falls in love with a gangster's girlfriend, and at the end, he morphs back into Fred, who is now caught up in a porno scandal? What the hell is this?
We are never given any resolution to either story. New weird info just pops up randomly, making this feel like an anthology movie that got pressed together into one film. I will never understand what drives a filmmaker like David Lynch to be as weird as possible. It's almost like he's trolling all of us or intentionally trying to alienate as many people as possible. Either way, this film was garbage.