So speaks the little man from another place. But what about Bob? This is the formica table...green is its colour. They took the arm...
If you're a major fan of the television show--indeed, the whole community of Twin Peaks--all that will not sound like incomprehensible garbage. Much like every thing else David Lynch does, you have to love his stuff to see it as more than just junk.
Fire, Walk With Me is a look into the last days of Laura Palmer. Unfortunately for itself it's told in prequel fashion, so that to get anything at all out of it one would have to have seen the entire series, followed it all, and enjoyed it. For major "Twin Peak" fans, this film is a treat, a wonderful glimpse of the events leading up to that fateful Thursday night in February. For anyone else, it's a mishmash of strange dreams, weird people in weird places, lots of drugs and sex, apparently benign references to coffee and the FBI, and general incomprehensibility. And that's too bad.
The world of Twin Peaks, like most David Lynch "worlds," is both wonderful and horrific, both real and surreal, both familiar and strange. This film version manages to capture all of those elements, although it spends so much time in the darker half that it is easy to see how viewers can become lost, disjointed, and indifferent--perhaps even disgusted.
But for myself, I loved it all. We are faced with not just an explanation of Laura Palmer's life, but with even more questions, such as who is David Bowie's character, really; what happened to Chet Desmond; what is with the white mask the boy and the man in the red suit wear; what IS with the creamed corn; when is Dale Cooper dreaming and when is he not?
The only fault I can find with the movie is that not everyone from the television show returns. I miss the Great Northern, Ben Horne, Lucy and Andy. But there was so much to tell, some things had to be cut...let's face it, the film's long enough as is!
Like most of Lynch's best work, this challenges our perceptions of reality, but one has to look at it in the right light, that is to say one has to delve into the world and examine all possible sides. Art is supposed to express some aspect of our humanity, and part of that is throwing out unanswered and unanswerable questions. David Lynch does this, but one has to delve much further into his dreamlike world to realise this. Many people are turned off by the first impressions, but many people, like myself, are very very intrigued.
This film is not for all tastes, but what film is? It is no classic, but it is worth the while if you are willing to step out of a comfortable, steady existance into the wonderful world of questioning everything...even the owls.
It is a strange, frightening, funny, happy, pleasant, amiable, miserable, depressing world. To even attempt to convey that in a single movie, let alone succeed, is admirable.
And remember: the Good Dale is in the Lodge and cannot leave. Write that down in your diary.
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