Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★★★

To start: I fucking love this movie with every ounce of my soul. This is easily my favorite content of all time and I can’t say enough about it. I won’t go into detail about the outstanding performances by each cast member involved, the vivid cinematography of Ronald Víctor García or David Lynch’s undeniable ability to build tension, create suspense and spin a mystery. The fact that Sheryl Lee didn’t take home every single award possible is an absolute travesty. 

Today I’m here to talk about the Q2 fan edit, a combination of both Fire Walk With Me and The Missing Pieces, titled ‘FWWM Teresa Banks, and The Last Seven Days of Laura Palmer.’

It’s an ambitious project to try and re-edit anything David Lynch has released as a definitive cut. People have tried before and it typically results in an Alan Smithee. Q2 does an excellent job showing us what might have been if the entirety of the scenes shot were used as a prequel mini-season. The result is a pretty unbalanced and over-bloated feature. All but 3 scenes from The Missing Pieces were used and even replaced some of the ones used in the original cuts. While some of the alternate takes are interesting and sometimes even more informative they are in no way better than the intended ones, in terms of mood and consistency alone.

Apparently there’s a slightly leaner (by 15 minutes) Extended Blue Rose Cut that fleshes out some of these issues. I’d be interested in seeing this because apparently the editor was more focused on keeping a consistent tone and maintaining fluid movement of the original cut, where the Q2 idea was to see how The Missing Pieces would fit on top of the already laid out pieces. 

This edit is worth checking out for any fan who has already seen Fire Walk With Me and The Missing Pieces separately, I would never recommend it to a first time viewer though. It’s always great to see more of such a beautiful thing but nothing will ever improve upon the original cut of the film. It is so unique and singular that to add or remove any single piece of it, in the hopes to improve it, would be an exercise in futility.

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