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.
Such a peculiar film with a fascinating script, fascinating because you wonder where all this is going. Almost something like "Wild at heart" meets the Farrellys. And i guess, if you accept to dive into this strange road movie (some bits might be hard to swallow), it is Demme's best accomplishment - got selected in Cannes 1987 for a reason. The great soundtrack is also worth the trip.
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.
So funny, so surprising, so original, so invigorating, so cool, so touching, so seemingly, effortlessly entertaining. Demme always had a light touch, but coupled with a craftsman's eye. His stunning closeups on actor's faces have immediacy. An impeccably assembled soundtrack reflecting his refined taste in music delights. His eye for composition astounds. Demme experiments with narrative form with stylish confidence.
I am a sucker for these kind of films about characters who lead a straight laced life until they meet a wild attractive opposite and adventures ensues. Aside from that it's entertaining, has a remarkable cast and awesome soundtrack. Definitely a favorite for me.
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.