Twin Peaks

twin peaks

Director: David Lynch

Country: United States

Duration: 47 minutes (per episode)

4/5 

The Twin Peaks (1990-91) series cannot be compared to anything else in the history of television, probably because it is the unique product of the idiosyncratic David Lynch who has developed a highly distinctive directorial style over the course of his career.

His films can only be compared to his other films.

The cult classic Twin Peaks, like the rest of his oeuvre, humorously plays with appearance and reality. Lynch introduces a sinister undercurrent to the picturesque landscape of Twin Peaks, a small town in the Pacific North-West. This manifests in strange, supernatural occurrences and the disconcerting murder of a beautiful high-school student, the now iconic “Laura Palmer”, whose drowned body washes up one morning on the shores of a lake.

The plot centres on the investigation of Laura Palmer’s murder and Kyle MacLachlan is superb as the very unorthodox FBI agent “Dale Cooper” who is sent to cover the case. His police work, like much else in the Twin Peaks microcosm, can only be described as bizarre. Instead of using forensics and interrogation to solve the mystery, Agent Cooper interprets his dreams instead.

Twin Peaks is mostly a parody of mawkish soap operas. The characters display limited depth and range and the dialogue is often simplistic and schmaltzy.

It’s hilarious, but not in a laugh out loud way. It wryly amuses you throughout and occasionally startles too with surreal elements – very much David Lynch’s style.

Twin Peaks is an incredible aesthetic achievement, fusing together many different cinematic genres to create experimental yet accessible art that has proved timeless.

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