I’ll never forget the first time I saw this; it was late in high school, not long after I’d finished watching the series proper. The ending had left me filled with dread and unease. I rented Fire Walk With Me as soon as I could, desperate for some sort of resolution.
Then I got it. I still don’t understand how this engendered so much hatred. Not only is it a great movie in its own right but it ties up many a loose thread from the series as well (in a vague, Lynchian way, naturally). This last shot put me completely at ease; it reassured me that Cooper ultimately escapes the Lodge and Laura finds redemption. I think it’s fucking beautiful.