Young lovers Sailor and Lula hit the road to start a new life together without the wrath of Lula’s deranged, disapproving mother, who has hired a team of hitmen to cut the lovers’ surreal honeymoon short.
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David Lynch is one sick puppy! WILD AT HEART can be frightening and hilarious, beautiful and garish, funny and painful…yet most of all, it's about being wild at heart but true. Lynch's maxim is to write in space instead of writing in time; and though the pop satire can be overbearing, this cinematic nightmare coasts on Frederick Elmes' artful images and the naive ideal that Love shines through even the weird on top.
At its core, Wild at Heart smashes different kinds of pop culture iconography together to tell the story of what happens to euphoric puppy love when it runs into the sour, fucked up adult world. On that level, it's some kind of brilliant. But it's also Lynch's most tasteless film, practically offensive in what it tries to play or shrug off as camp.
Watched it when I was young and still had a very inocent, naive approach to cinema. Couldn't understand what was hitting me, coming from the big screen, with such violence and tenderness. Coudln't figure out how could passion be filmed as changing and ambiguous, and wild as my adolescent heart was at the time. It felt dangerous and beautiful, like an art work that actually made me feel things inside. And it did.
I saw this with an amped-up crowd days after finishing Finnegans Wake, which may have been perfect. WAH (like IE and Lost Highway) reminds me of Joycean pulp, a waking dream where all of American pop culture exists at the same time. It's scary, sexy, funny, mysterious and, in the scene where Fenn literally picks her brain, heartbreaking as a vision of the 20th century's Ur-youth on patrol.
Laura Dern at her worst, Nicholas Cage at his worst, HARRY DEAN STANTON AT HIS WORST! Wild At Heart is a Lynch fun ride film, it's enjoyable and fun at some point, i admit that, but the whole story and the whole conflict is really stupid and pointless. Oh, and the ending? love me tender bullshit!
I enjoyed it more on my second viewing, but I still consider it one of Lynch's worst films. It's not bad, but Lynch takes his self-indulgence too far here. Without an everyman or a grounding in reality, the film is little more than weird shit happening to, I believe the word is, schlemhils. And the forced and grotesque sex scenes go from discomforting to just tedious. It's worth it to see Nic Cage sing Elvis.
It's a great movie. The substance of 'Wizard of Oz" declined in a road movie with an incredible Nicolas Cage and a superlative Laura Dern, from a strong novel by Barry Gifford (the series book it's cool). After this movie 'll love the classic "Love Me Tender". Wild (at) Heart!!!!