Not really worth mentioning as a stand-alone film. But re-watched now, with the epic "Return" nearing it's end, this prequel to the original Twin Peaks series feels like the perfect complement, highlighting the wide scope of Lynch's and Frost's Twin Peaks universe. A dark and troubling tribute to Laura Palmer.
I think it's totally worth it seeing Laura Palmer come to life in this series' complement. You may buy into her mystique or not, but can't deny another film where Lynch is coming in full force: there's humor, style, enigmatic symbols, eastern eggs and just fucking visual creativity. Is this a horror film? Is it artistic, trying to express something? Is Lynch just having fun? Is it a drama? It ticks all the boxes.
The presence of kitsch in Lynch is one of his more misunderstood elements, because he understands it in a very particular way--making use of it rather than embodying it. To see the kitsch as just "kitsch" is not really to see what you're looking at. Lynch has a very unique way of playing with the affective qualities of images and sounds.
La storia mostra senza filtri l'abisso nel quale si era cacciata Laura Palmer. Messa in scena aggressiva ed esplicita. Visione non facile ma appagante. Personaggi molto cupi e dai lati oscuri. Opera narrativamente imperfetta che aggiunge poco alla serie originale. Tecnicamente ottimo, con scene molto interessanti e disturbanti. La scena dell'omicidio è meravigliosa.Laura è interpretata divinamente. Musiche eccellenti
This may just be the most Lynchian Lynch has gotten, at least from what I’ve seen. Almost all of the small town soap opera charm has gone, replaced by sheer, unrepentant horror and terror, making this a much more harrowing experience in comparison to the original show.
I'm surprised how shocking this feature film extension of the TV series actually was for an early 90s film. Lynch, for such a balanced man who practices transcendental meditation, has rendered a creative unravelling that remains deeply disturbing but also morbidly fascinating. Regardless of the intricacies of symbolism, non-linear narration and the Laura Palmer story, the Lynch experience is completely original.
tbh i didnt really care about the mill or cocaine much when i was watching the original series, but a girl's secret world and being trapped in a cycle of torture and pain is what's important! i'm so thankful this movie was made... laura screaming on the lawn shattered my heart into a million pieces...
The prologue sits alongside 'The Return' perfectly, but the meat of the movie showcases what the new series has been missing: humanity. Not only does the film make Laura Palmer into an actual person - rather than just a prop for the plot - but perhaps the most interesting one in the town. Tragic and dark and uncomfortable; all the more so because the mysterious is balanced out by a sad reality.
Not quite as reprehensible as I remembered (the torment does have some real dramatic legitimacy) but the promise of the new Twin Peaks also does much to soothe injury. Sheryl Lee gives a remarkable performance (as many Lynchian heroines before and after she is put through the wringer), but I can attest that this is in no way what Twin Peaks fans wanted to see following the demise of the original series.
remastered in 4K, rewatched, re-rating. There is no turning back, time mutates us while the films in their fixed structure mutate as our changes. Some filmmakers who have been important to me seem much less now and, above all, very rhetorical, like Tarkovsky, Tárr and Lynch. This film still guarantees a stimulating variation of "film noir" crossed with fantastic, but is often too kitsch "pour épater".
You will be sorely disappointed if you go into Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me expecting a two hour long episode of the TV series. This is far darker in tone and ramps up the ambiguity tenfold. Angelo Badalamenti's brooding score is gorgeous and compliments Lynch's terrifying imagery perfectly, but the film really hangs on the performance of Sheryl Lee as troubled 17 year old Laura Palmer, and it's heartbreaking.
I cheated a little bit because I've actually watched the fan edit (Fire Walk With Me + The Missing Pieces). Chris Isaak is terrible and I almost gave up on the movie, but then came the real weirdness and man oh man did it fucking amaze me. The Black Lodge + The Pink Room was all I needed.
This movie is about rape. Of course there is more, there are images and sounds, directorial decisions, the sublimity of Lynch's dialogue. I understand Laura, and realize now how simple Twin Peaks always was. Trauma is a mind-murdering experience. Your psyche splits in half, you become a monster and a virgin; both self-sacrificing. I like Lynch a lot more after watching. What a beautiful, sad, relatable story.