Many people are revisited David Lynch’s Twin Peaks since the new episodes have started on Showtime. Thus, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me needed to be watched. It’s weird, probably weirder than the show was, and took lots of follow up reading to begin to understand all of the things inside of it. Twin Peaks definitely isn’t for everyone, and this movie takes it to the next level.
Fire Walk with Me does feel like walking on hot coals…probably.
Fire Walk with Me takes place a year before the show does with a few new FBI agents, Special Agent Chester Desmond (Chris Isaak) and Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland), investigated the murder of Teresa Banks (Pamela Gidley). Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) suspects that the murderer will strike again, and the film cuts to Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) approximately one week before her murder.
Twin Peaks may exist to make intelligent people question how smart they truly are. There are so many things that have to be interpreted and, at least apparently, aren’t spelled out for the more casual viewer. This can make or break one’s opinion of the property for sure. Lynch is clearly a genius, but that doesn’t mean his work will resonate with the masses. Subsequently, Fire Walk with Me takes things to the next level of weird and quirky.
Some of the acting choices in the film and the show feel a bit cheesy. Dana Ashbrook who plays Bobby really hams it up in both. Eric DaRe, who plays Leo Johnson, is pretty awful and just plays every moment as irrationally angry and over the top. However, you get an amazing performance from Kyle MacLachlan and that kind of makes up for it. The film definitely has a bit of a soap opera vibe as things play out in more crazy and over the top ways.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is odd to watch. Yet, there is something about the amount of lore out there on the internet that makes it more compelling. It is something that at first viewing feels pretty awful, but yet I’m oddly compelled to keep venturing down the rabbit hole. Fire Walk with Me earns the Not a Total Waste of Time rating.