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Wild at Heart (SE)
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Dec 17, 2004 By: Johnny Moreno
Wild at Heart (SE) order
Director:
David Lynch

Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Laura Dern
Diane Ladd

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Crazy in love, Sailor (Cage) and Lula (Dern) head out to New Orleans, then California, ending up in Texas despite Sailor being on probation and despite the objections of Lula’s insane mother (Ladd). What’s a mother to do? Why she hires a hit man to track the couple down, bringing her lovely daughter back to her and killing her “no good” boyfriend. And you thought you had it bad when your lady’s mother only slammed the door in your face.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
“…This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top…”


I think it’s important to note for this review that I’ve always been a major detractor of Nicolas Cage. His paper thin, overtly dramatic performances always had me wondering just what the hell people were smoking when casting him in all these lead roles, when I could think of ten other actors that would’ve delivered better performance ten fold. It’s only recently with ADAPTATION and MATCHSTICK MEN that I’ve really begun to see what a good actor he is. Good. Not great. So re-watching this after seeing it sometime in the early 90’s, when I vehemently despised every Nicolas Cage movie (still hate Leaving Las Vegas), I was completely engaged by Cage’s performance. He comes off as Mr. Cool in a snakeskin jacket from the opening scene where he, in self defense, pummels a guy in such a raw and brutal way it’s one of the most intense opening scenes I’ve ever seen. Really it is. What follows after is a Wizard of OZ tale (no, really) full of odd ball characters including a dirty cop, a psycho mother, an equally psycho hit man that has a love jones for her and Willem Dafoe with the scariest demeanor this side of his role in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (?!)

The film itself is pure Lynch with stunning visuals and colors, the sounds and soundtrack that in certain moments explodes through the speakers in a haunting way reminiscent of old Hitchcock and not to mention the lovely Isabella Rossalini in all her mysterious glory. Character development unfolds in a familiar narrative device where Sailor and Lula, on their road trip, relate the stories of their lives and find out they’ve been connected far before they ever became a couple. This kind of storytelling device, not exactly groundbreaking or new, parallels the present story with the flashbacks and is perfectly executed.

Oh, and did I mention that Willem Dafoe is really f*cking creepy?
THE EXTRAS
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of Wild at Heart – This is a new 30 minute documentary on the making of the film, I guess your standard featurette. It gives you new interviews with cast and crew. The cast talks about certain character traits they brought to the film, Lynch and novelist Barry Gifford (the movie is based on his book of the same name) discuss the themes and motifs of the film and selected crew mentions how in the initial test screening, half of the audience walked out of the theatre due to a certain scene which, regrettably, is not included here. Zoinks, yo.

Dell’s Lunch Counter: An interactive menu gives you the option of four or five different scenes to select from which gives interviews with the respective actor in the scenes and Lynch commenting on the how’s and why’s they did certain things. Informative stuff.

Specific Spontaneity: Focus on David Lynch – Basically everyone strokes off David Lynch and shit. But why not? The man’s a genius.

Original EPK Featurette: This is a short, seven minute featurette that originally aired during its release. Novelty, the above featurette covers the same thing and more.

David Lynch: On the DVD – The man himself discusses the technical aspects of post production and how MGM was kind enough to fork over the loot to get a decent transfer to DVD. Way to go MGM, money well spent!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The Clinic suggests you up the dosage on the penicillin because at this rate, those warts aren’t going anywhere. Afterwards, head on over to your local video house and scoop this up as a rental if you’re not keen or familiar with Lynch’s style. If you are a Lynch fan and a bit of a romantic like me (huh?) and love messed up love stories like TRUE ROMANCE, NATURAL BORN KILLERS and BLUE VELVET, then this is a definite addition to your Lynch collection with solid extras and a good looking cover.
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