The_Shape_’s review published on Letterboxd:
"... And the angels wouldn't help you... Because they've all gone away."
The way this movie handles trauma and darkness consuming someone is truly astounding. I feel like anyone who has experienced trauma or real darkness in their life would absolutely love this movie. There's a lot to appreciate even if you haven't: The performances, the beautiful writing, the work of the sound team, the score, the enchanting cinematography, and the direction and vision of Lynch. I love everything about this movie.
I love the music; from the ominous Fire Walk with Me theme that opens the movie, to the quirky midnight jazz with ambient sounds during Desmond's and Stanley's investigation, to rock noir track "The Pink Room", to the usage of the Twin Peaks theme with Laura's first appearance, or the melancholic song "Questions in a World of Blue", all the music in this movie perfectly compliments the scene.
Sheryl Lee has such an incredible performance in this movie. She can deliver lines like, "gobble gobble gobble" and still make them touching. Her acting in this is one of the most moving portrayals of a character I've ever seen. Scenes like when she asks Donna if she's her best friend or when she's begging Bobby for drugs absolutely devastate me because I feel so connected to Laura and because Sheryl Lee's performance is so real and raw. "Donna... Are you... Are you my... Are you my best friend?"
I personally loved Moira Kelly as Donna. I thought she did an amazing job; she comes across as so gentle, loving and concerned, and is just such a great friend to Laura. Her crying after the pink room scene was very convincing. I also loved how protective Laura became of Donna while they were there. Laura's a great person and she didn't want the darkness to consume her best friend. "I love you, Donna... But I don't want you to be like me."
Ray Wise does excellent as Leland. Watching how the terror he imposes on his daughter impacts him is quite interesting. Leland has a history of being abused himself and there's scenes where you can tell that what he is doing is tearing him up inside. I still kind of hate the character because he reminds me of my dad. There's times in my life when I genuinely felt like my dad was possessed - Just like BOB being inside Leland. I feel like it's our brains way of trying to rationalize how someone could commit such evil acts upon us.
This movie has so many parts that make me just break down because I relate to Laura so much. Not only did I have an extremely abusive father, but I've also been addicted to drugs in the past, I've been sexually abused, I know what it's like to have a secret life you hide from friends and family, and even more I'd rather not get into.
"You don't even know me. There are things about me... Even Donna doesn't know me. Your Laura disappeared... It's just me now."
Also just like Laura, the darkness surrounding me and the darkness I inadvertently create tears me up inside because I'm actually a good person. Using drugs, alcohol, and sex to cope may help in the moment; but, in the long run, it starts to tear you apart even more. I love how this movie depicted this. Her behaviors weren't at all glorified, they showed that it was only exacerbating things.
"When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out. The tender boughs of innocence burn first. And the wind rises. And then all goodness is in jeopardy."
The times in my life when I've felt just completely lost and gone and like the darkness has taken over, I just wanted to die, just like Laura. I'd rather die than bring anybody down or continue living that way. The ending of this movie is beautiful. When the time comes, I'm going to laugh and cry, in joy, just like Laura.