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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Directed by David Lynch

"It was a dream! We live inside a dream!"

There are so many things I love about this film. I even considered putting it at my favorite movies section, just so that it could represent my love for the series. Even though inconsistency was present in the TV show, I consider the final episode to be flawless and one of Lynch's greatest achievements. The show itself definitely had its flaws, but this film (which can be seen as both a prequel and a sequel, though it has more elements of the former), while being very different both in execution and in tone, is nevertheless an excellent companion piece.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is top-tier Lynch. For me it is without a doubt one of his most polished, most well-made films, and maybe even his most underappreciated. Some of Lynch's films can look messy and all over the place (intentionally so), but here you can see just how much attention he paid to detail, and you can't help but notice that in nearly every frame.

What is key to the film's success though - something without which the film definitely wouldn't have been as effective as it is - is Sheryl Lee's powerhouse performance as Laura Palmer. Lee for my money gives one of the most passionate female performances ever, and I wouldn't hesitate to call it one of the strongest in all of Lynch's films.

I knew what I was in for as soon as the film started - I had the feeling Lynch would continue where he left off (the series' unforgettable finale), so I was more than just satisfied with the outcome. I was never a big fan of the show's cheerful and funny parts to begin with, so I was pleasantly surprised by just how dark and unrestrained the film was. Upon release reaction to this film was from strongly negative to mixed, and I love how Lynch didn't care and kept doing his thing.

Rating is a reflection of both the series and the film combined together. Watched separately they're both insanely good, but the film compliments the show extremely well, and is like the icing on the cake to the final episode's perfection