Monday, March 25, 2013

Wild at Heart (1990)

Nicolas Cage Film Fest Movie #6 (Please click the links to read my reviews of two other David Lynch films: Blue Velvet and Lost Highway)

Synopsis:Imagine The Wizard of Oz starring white trash Dorothy and a violent, Elvis-loving weirdo.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: "Nicolas Cage (Raising Arizona, Moonstruck) and Laura Dern (Mask, Blue Velvet) star as Sailor and Lula, two young lovers who are truly Wild at Heart... Will Sailor and Lula's dreams take them somewhere over the rainbow... or will they break down along the Yellow Brick Road?"

What Did I Learn?: 1) It isn’t a great idea to address an entire street gang with the words: “what do you faggots want?” 2) A snakeskin jacket symbolizes individuality and a belief in personal freedom.

Really?:Wild at Heart is a decidedly surreal David Lynch film, so it might not be entirely fair to judge it in these terms. That said, I had a hard time believing: a) nobody would clean up Lula’s puke in the motel room, b) she wouldn’t inform Sailor that Bobby Peru nearly raped her, and c) that Sailor would only receive six years in prison for taking part in an armed robbery in Texas(!), when he was already in violation of his parole, and two bank employees received shotgun blasts.

Rating:Jam-packed with overacting, scenes of brutal violence, so-bad-it’s-good dialogue, and some of the most bizarre bunch of fuckups this side of the Star Wars cantina, Wild at Heart is a weird, occasionally funny, rambunctious mess of a movie. If you like David Lynch’s work, you’ll probably love this film. I’m not exactly a fan, so let’s just say that I’m still not entire sure of what I watched the other night. 6.5/10 stars.

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