Saturday, August 12, 2006

"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" review

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

Directed by David Lynch
Writing credits Mark Frost David Lynch

Sheryl Lee .... Laura Palmer
Ray Wise .... Leland Palmer
M├Ądchen Amick .... Shelly Johnson
Dana Ashbrook .... Bobby Briggs
Phoebe Augustine .... Ronette Pulaski
David Bowie .... Phillip Jeffries
Heather Graham .... Annie Blackburn
Chris Isaak .... Special Agent Chester Desmond
Moira Kelly .... Donna Hayward
Peggy Lipton .... Norma Jennings
David Lynch .... Gordon Cole
Kyle MacLachlan.... Special Agent Dale Cooper

First off, I loved the TV show. It had its own cool, weird vibe going on. This movie just has one surreal scene after another that gave off a splitting headache. I knew I was in trouble right from the start when they brought in that squinting women at the airstrip and Chris Isaak was interpreting her dance. Oh no. It drove off a cliff and exploded.

Special agent Cooper was my favorite from the show. I know this was a prequel but I still needed more Cooper. That was a disappointment but understandable. The main problem is that even though the show dipped into weirdness, it usually didn't jump headfirst into complete abstraction. It kept one foot in reality or at least a toe. This movie veers like a madman.

And it was just ugly. Usually I enjoy massive amounts of female nudity but I started to feel bad for Sheryl Lee. She seemed like she was really getting the boot to her. It was also hard to enjoy her nakedness when everything around her was an abstraction of an abstraction.

While the show was cool and understated, the movie was explicit and ugly. The R rating didn't help it. Neither did its many surreal scenes. It was too much.

SCORE: 2 out of 4 Laura Palmers


* (asterisk) said...

I really loved this movie. It's probably my favourite Lynch film. I'd give it at least 3.5 out of 4 Laura Palmers.

Dr. Gore ( said...

I didn't like this movie at all. I contemplated asking the theater manager for my money back. I saw it again before I wrote this review. I still don't like it. I like David Lynch flicks but this was just too much. I gave it a two because it still had a few cool scenes. Like the scene where Palmer and friends are in the bar with the rock band and they have to be subtitled because the music is so loud. That was good. Every David Lynch movie at least has something worth seeing.

Ronald_McMurder said...

i liked this movie specifically because it's so weird. lynch movies rarely make sense. they're more an interpretation of a dream than a cohesive story. and dreams rarely make sense either.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant film. Gorgeous, mysterious, bleak.

Anonymous said...

anyone know the name of the rock band that's playing in the bar, when the music's so loud it drowns out the dialogue? they rock!

Dr. Gore ( said...

I believe the name of the band is Thought Gang. David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti rocking out.