Featuring a killer soundtrack and electric performances from Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta, Something Wild, directed by oddball American auteur Jonathan Demme, is both a kinky comic thriller and a radiantly off-kilter love story
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The elements that make Something Wild an actual masterpiece are almost distinct from the narrative itself. Demme's love for alternative culture, old Americana, reggae, street art, indie rock & above all else the eccentricities of people, elevates what could've been a fairly straight-forward screwball romance into a genuine time capsule of a specific era & place. The feeling throughout is vibrant, colourful & unique.
Rewatched in honor of the late great Jonathan Demme, and it's a movie that grows up alongside you. Because, quite apart from being a colorful road movie and an exercise in unpredictable storytelling, it's a film about the pros and cons of being wild, about the adult hangovers to youthful fantasies, and about finding a place—and a person—where you're happy to settle down. Amazing soundtrack, too.
The first half is interesting, but I got bored listening to Melanie Griffith's voice for more than an hour. The only thing that I love from Melanie Griffith in this film is her costumes, especially her first look. However, her last look somehow reminds me of Boy George.
I thought this was going to be another manic pixie dream girl movie but when Ray Liotta's character arrived about halfway through, I saw that it definitely wasn't. Love Charlie's wardrobe at the end and Lulu's new car.
Interesting to watch it start out as breezy comedy, then progressively dip into darker and darker territory, leading to a surprisingly bloody climax. Melanie Griffith can be shrill - as Melanie Griffith is known to be - but Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta are perfectly cast, working from a smart script by E. Max Frye. One of the better comedies of this era.