Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★½

A lot of die hard Lynch fans say this is by far his best work. Maybe I'm not quite there yet, but there's still lots to love. I'm starting to realize a lot of Lynch's atmosphere come from really awkward, drawn-out scenes. It creates a really uncomfortable feeling and is sometimes really tough to sit through, but I get the feeling that's exactly how he wanted me to feel. Guess what I'm saying is that I don't necessarily always love it when Lynch goes full Lynch, but I still enjoy a good amount of it and appreciate it a ton.

What this film shines in is its tone. Much darker compared to the series. Not just more nudity and language, but in its disturbing imagery. This film is far more ominous than the show, and it genuinely terrified me at times. Loved the ending. It was brutal and heartbreaking, but beyond intense.

That being said, the film feels a bit incomplete at times. Sure, not everything needs to be spelled out, but David Bowie shows up for two minutes and never serves any weight to the rest of the film, thematically or narratively. Just little things like that... it occasionally takes me out just a bit. And some of the dialogue in this film is genuinely atrocious.

Side note: I don't remember if Laura Palmer had any speaking lines in the show. If she did, it must have been really brief because I swear I was expecting a different voice than the one that came out of Sheryl Lee's mouth. That honestly took some time to get used to... swore she was being dubbed at some points but I'm sure this is just what her voice actually sounds like. Shoutout to the Donna recast though. She actually looks like a high schooler, which cannot be said for literally any other high school character in the show.

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