Andrew’s review published on Letterboxd:
More of the same.
This is the movie that was made as a prequel to the surrealistic television show of the early 90's. It is sort of a horror/soap opera. The melodrama here is astronomical.
The movie is sort of split into two parts. The first deals with a murder of a teenage girl by an unknown killer. The FBI get hassled by the local police and there is a mystery about a local trailer park where the girl lived. The second part focus' on the days leading up to the murder of Laura Palmer, this unsolved murder was the through-line to the TV show.
All of this plot is intersected with the perverse and horrific images that only David Lynch can conjure up. When his films are at their best, they live with you long after you have seen them, even if you can't make heads or tails of what you have just seen.
There are scenes and images that will haunt me from this film, and there is a fantastic sense of dread that slowly evolved in the movie that I will be thinking about for a long time. While watching the movie I remember thinking that the thing with Lynch's films are that you never know when you (the viewer) are safe. He is one of the most patient and intentional film makers I can think of. He builds scenes through creative use of acting, camera placement, and the wonderfully demented sound scapes. He rarely gives you what you want, and almost never what you expect. You can bet that if he does give you what you are expecting, it is for a reason and you probably aren't going to like the aftermath of that reason.
Unfortunately, as a stand alone piece, this movie is a flop. I feel like a knowledge of the subject matter (from the TV show) is required to have any sense of placement and reason in the film. Even having recently watched all the episodes, I found FIRE WALK WITH ME a disappointment. I wasn't looking for "answers", I only wanted something new. What I got was more of the same. I enjoyed most of the show, but even it got silly and totally off track within the course of 2 seasons. I am glad to have seen both the show and the film, but it will be a long time before I subject myself to Lynch's nightmares again.