Monday, February 15, 2010

WMD! (Weekly Movie Diary) - February 15

chronicling my adventures in home video

“Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (David Lynch, 1992)

I only had the opportunity to watch one film this week, and it was a doozy of a disappointment. “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” was made as a fan service film after the series had been taken off the air in order to “answer the big questions” that lingered.

However, most of the series trademark characters aren’t even in the film, one is insensitively replaced, and the fate of agent Cooper is only vaguely touched upon over this two and a half hour, completely superfluous prequel.

Why did Lynch even think a prequel was what anyone wanted? Seeing the events that lead to Laura Palmer’s eventual murder is completely beside the point. The movie just feels like a checklist of confirmations of the show’s hypothesis (and as such, contains huge spoilers). Very little new is added to the overall cannon, and what little is added is confusingly implemented. I read up on some homespun theories after finishing the movie, but generally decided I didn’t care enough to make sense of it.

As a fan service film, the biggest problem I had with “Fire Walk With Me” is that it doesn’t feel like “Twin Peaks,” which is surprising given that Lynch is a constant. The tone is curiously melodramatic and the director’s bizarre, creative visuals are few and far between.

Pointless for fans, and I’m sure incomprehensible as a stand-alone story, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” is a film I can’t recommend to anyone.
Score: 2/5

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