Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★★

Watched this right after finishing the first two seasons. It’s really a shame that this movie was received the way it was back in ‘92, but it seems like people are finally coming around to it after all. I mean, apparently if the feature film prequel to Twin Peaks is not EXACTLY like the tv show or providing any concrete answers then people are going to hate it. Oh well...

I can in some ways understand why one would be mixed on this film, although I don’t think I’ll ever understand why someone would hate it unless you’re really put off by any amount of nudity on film, but personally I feel like this somewhat drastic change in tone really worked for this film since it’s really exploring the trauma and abuse that the original series only hinted at, so it feels appropriate for me and I really enjoyed it overall.

I guess the way I would describe this film is that it’s kind of a flawed masterpiece. I really loved a lot about it, although there are a few elements on which I’m a bit mixed. The first 30 minutes or so, while pretty compelling and entertaining and full of really memorable “Lynchian” moments and interesting new characters, still feel so detached from the rest of the film and take a bit to get used to. There were also many moments where it seems like stuff was cut out and it just feels kinda off; the film in general has scenes that clearly feel cut down and like stuff is missing, especially that first scene with James and Laura, and it took me out of it a bit (might have to see The Missing Pieces to know a bit more about that). That scene with David Bowie was great though, and Gordon Cole and Cooper are always a welcome addition in any instance.

All the stuff with Laura Palmer was amazing though. Her emotional breakdown over the course of her last week is beautifully portrayed, and a lot of it is due to the incredible performance by Sheryl Lee. She seriously gives one of the best performances I’ve ever seen here and is so genuine, honest and authentic in how she portrays every single emotion her character goes through, from fear and despair to joy and melancholy (Ray Wise is also great as always). Although some would feel it’s unnecessary to show this, it really does give the character some depth and resolution at the end of the day, paying her justice more than anything while providing some important setups for The Return here and there.

The direction from David Lynch is also really strong here in how it keeps the cinematography in line with the overall look of the show while also implementing some different camera and editing techniques to display the much more sinister, darker tone of the film and to convey the character’s descent into madness. There are many visually striking sequences especially in the second half, and some truly beautiful moments with genuine emotional resonance (few things are more beautiful than hearing Julee Cruise sing in The Roadhouse), all leading up to a very effective and frightening final act and one of the best final scenes for a film I’ve seen in a long time. It’s the first time in quite a while where a scene of a new film I watched made me break down crying in front of the screen, and after seeing everything this character has gone through over the course of the film, it just feels so incredibly cathartic and emotionally resonant. I also love how the score in that scene has a very complex composition rather than being a simple musical theme tugging on your heartstrings, displaying how complex the character of Laura Palmer herself is, and that combined with the cinematography and Sheryl Lee’s performance results in pure filmmaking excellence (the music in general is expectedly great and brilliant in how it implements themes from the original series while also adding some new compositions to fit the tone of the film).

So overall, despite a few issues here and there I thought this was really good, and a rewarding and worthy addition to the series. Now onto The Return...

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