Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
France/USA, 1992. New Line Cinema, CiBy 2000, Twin Peaks Productions. Screenplay by David Lynch, Robert Engels, based on the television series Twin Peaks created by Mark Frost, David Lynch. Cinematography by Ronald Victor Garcia. Produced by Gregg Fienberg. Music by Angelo Badalamenti. Production Design by Patricia Norris. Costume Design by Patricia Norris. Film Editing by Mary Sweeney.
Overlong, sometimes fascinating but often annoying prequel that ties up loose ends from the groundbreaking television series produced by David Lynch. Lynch writes and directs here, also reprising his role from the series, introducing us to the character of Laura Palmer, whose vicious murder in her small, seemingly perfect town was what began the series pilot. We get to know the character for the first time (played by Sheryl Lee) and the events leading up to her death, though anyone with half a brain can figure it out long before it happens. Moira Kelly subs in for the unavailable Lara Flynn Boyle, but the rest of the cast is pretty much intact, including an effective but underused Kiefer Sutherland. It looks great, but it wouldn’t be until Mulholland Drive that Lynch’s weirdness would recall the heart and style of Blue Velvet.
The Criterion Collection: #898
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition