mari’s review published on Letterboxd:
When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out. The tender boughs of innocence burn first, and the wind rises, and then all goodness is in jeopardy.
Easily Lynch's most tragic work. A masterpiece that combines the horror of the uncanny with a melancholic atmosphere that I don't think Lynch has ever quite managed in any previous work. Don't get me wrong; Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive all have their fair share of tragedy running through their veins (especially mulholland). But something is different about Fire Walk With Me.
The divide between this and his other works is certainly the subject matter and how it's handled. Fire does not shy away from nor does it try to sensationalize its heavier themes. Yes, it's a Twin Peaks movie. But it's also a movie about a young girl who is r*ped and murdered. It's obviously not a pretty picture and what makes this film work is that it doesn't try to slice it in a pretty way.
This is the story of Laura Palmer.
The mighty 3.5 hour 'Blue Rose' fan-cut with The Missing Pieces added directly into the film is essential viewing for all fans of the series. It's so great and feels way more like a fully fleshed out story than the theatrical cut.