Reviews of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
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David Lynch’s prequel to the popular TV show, might not be a horror film in the traditional sense, but there’s plenty of scary scenes that’ll freak you out. David Lynch has never directed a straight up horror film, but he’s no stranger to directing scenes that creep someone out. Eraserhead (which is commonly categorized as a horror film although I disagree), lost highway (robert blakes character), mulholland drive (the man behind the dumpster) and Inland Empire are all full of scenes and characters that tread close to horror. I didn’t like Fire Walk With Me at first. I never thought it connected with the show like it should have. The TV show was more quirky and humours (even though it did have its share of serious and dark scenes). The movie (fire walk with me) is MUCH more serious and more dark. This movie tells the story of Laura Palmer and all of the events that lead up to the television show. We learn that not only did Laura Palmer has have a dark side, but the entire town of Twin Peaks isn’t the perfect town that it pretends to be (although if you’re familiar with the show, this shouldn’t be new to you). This is actually another in flaw in the film in that a lot of the discoveries in Fire Walk With Me are nothing new. Even with its flaws, Fire Walk With Me introduces us to new characters (just as quirky and funny as the characters in the TV show). And no matter how much darker the movie is from the TV show, at its core it still maintains the same spirit as the TV show. Most importantly, Sheryl Lee gives one of the best (and underrated) performance of the 90’s (in my opinion). In fact, you can kinda see bits and pieces of performances come through in Naomi Watt’s performance in Mulholland Drive. I’m surprised Sheryl Lee never became a bigger actress.
- Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
I think it was Cahiers du Cinema that named this the best American film of the 90’s. I agree with that almost whole heartedly. Sheryl Lee gives hands down one of the best film performances ever. The film is rife with Lynchian imagery, certainly, but the way he ties imagery to mythology to tone to mood to story has never been as complete as in this film. We see nearly everything that the series talks about—incest, drug use, prostitution—and its not pretty, but Laura’s fleeting moment of redemption before her murder is the most strangely satisfying film ending I can imagine.
- Currently 5.0/5 Stars.