Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★★★

One of those movies where you sit through every second of the credits totally mesmerized by what the hell you just watched. The final days in the life of Laura Palmer give way to some of the most utterly upsetting and dizzying filmmaking and acting I’ve seen. 

Sheryl Lee man.. it’s absurdly rare to see a stunning performance blend and elevate visionary directing so seamlessly. This is full of the best filmmaking I’ve seen in Lynch’s filmography so far, and Lee’s performance is so raw, it all comes together to paint a stunningly vivid and real portrait of this tragically surreal story. 

The thing I’ve noticed about Lynch’s writing is how among all the weirdness, there’s rarely not a tangible sincere and empathetic humanity to it, which is something about the Twin Peaks TV show that makes it so unique. It’s present in this film, but it feeds into the unsettling darkness and tragedy. Certain scenes just felt so heartbreakingly realistic it never didn’t catch me off guard. 

Among all this praise the only 2 issues I have is the first 30-ish minutes feel unnecessary. I might be missing something but aside from further context I don’t see any reason for it to be included, even if I love any scene with Dale Cooper in it. Secondly, the recasting of Donna sticks out too noticeably. The new actress isn’t doing a bad job, but it’s distracting and doesn’t hold a candle to the original actress, even if her writing is still fantastic. 

Because I refuse to end this review on a negative note: the final moments of this film are so gorgeous and hauntingly cathartic in a weird way. Thumbs up

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