Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

I recently binge-watched David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks, so Fire Walk with Me was the obvious follow-up. Now I see why it was booed at Cannes: Presumably very few at the festival were familiar with the series, and, to the uninitiated, the film must seem misplaced and hardly intelligible. Yes, I realize most of his films meet those criteria, but even fans of the show have to admit something was lost in translation. Fire Walk with Me retains the jazzy soundtrack, the strange atmosphere, and the idiosyncrasies that made the show a hit, but the satirical melodrama is mostly absent, and the tone is arguably creepier, perhaps owing to Frost's lack of involvement in the picture opposed to Lynch's rise to power. Consequently, whereas the series is equally hilarious and dramatic, the film is a little indulgent and takes itself way too seriously. And again, it makes very little sense to those who haven't seen the show, and it spoils the show's central impetus (who killed Laura Palmer?), so don't watch it if you're interested in the series (a series I recommend).

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