memerscreamer’s review published on Letterboxd:
The only saving grace from this actual trainwreck is David Lynch directing it. Besides that, the only things I actually remember from this film are its flaws.
There's this really jarring sound mixing problem where most times I couldn't hear what the characters were saying behind a muffled wall of soundtrack which I already heard a million times used in the actual TV show. Just imagine every movie scene with a party and loud music, but instead of actually taking use of sound mixing, there were just subtitles lazily placed over people's inaudible conversation. Because that's what happens in this movie. When the disturbing moments came up, however, I was forced to turn down my headphones nearly all the way due to everyone SHOUTING.
And that problem mostly comes in the form of Laura Palmer's character. Sure, she was probably trying her best in this film, but she spends most of her time screaming about things that aren't even that shocking. See, in Eraserhead, the unnatural character reactions were kinda charming because the audience knows that the world the characters are in isn't a real place, and should be digested as entertainment in a completely made up universe. But here, the film takes me to places like Pennsylvania and Canada, and there was a certain breaking point around the forty minute mark where I kinda went, "Hey, this is pretty stupid," while I laughed and pointed at this movie's failed execution the rest of the time.
Actually, I take it back, the only character worth liking in this movie is Leland Palmer. I can at least get behind why he needed to be here in order to see his transformation into a killer. That's at least why this prequel should exist, right? To actually be useful?
I mean, we already know that Laura Palmer dies. That's literally what the entire show centers around. So why even bother watching it?
The only reason I forced myself to in the first place was because David Lynch himself told Twin Peaks fans to. It's supposed to be important or something? But, needless to say, my experience with Fire Walk With Me was still disappointing.