Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me


(out of 5)

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 Grace Zabriskie, Ray Wise, Madchen Amick and Kyle MacLachlan, plus guest stars Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie, Chris Isaak and 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.

France/USA, 1992

Directed by David Lynch

Screenplay by David Lynch, Robert Engels, based on the television series Twin Peaks created by Mark Frost, David Lynch

Cinematography by Ronald Victor Garcia

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1992

The Criterion Collection

Independent Spirit Award
Best Original Score

Best Female Lead (Sheryl Lee)