With the success of Blue Velvet having upped his budget, this is free-wheeling, Lynchian pulp expanded beyond his contained locations and instead across the entirety of Southern USA. Taking on everything from Wizard of Oz references to Elvis Presley movies, Wild at Heart outweirds, outfrightens and outfunnies anything we’d seen Lynch do until that point. Needless to say, 'boring' it certainly isn't.
The Wizard of Oz was made to be directed by David Lynch, and this film gets it so right - "this whole town's wild at heart and wierd on top". I loved both the direct and indirect references, the instrumental use of "Wicked Game" and the brief cameo from Sherilyn Fenn. Ladd is wonderful and worth of her nominations, while Cage plays quite a tame role, all things considered. This film has one of the best end sequences!
Avec ce "conte de fées rock", Lynch a créé un mini-scandale à Cannes en 1990, surtout quand le film a reçu la Palme d'Or. On peut bien sûr critiquer son manque de subtilité, ses dérives caricaturales. Mais il croit dur comme fer en ses personnages et à la grandeur de leur amour, qui résiste à un monde absurde et malade. Il parvient à nous faire croire en eux... et nous offre au passage quelques scènes d'anthologie !
If you're wild at heart you have to remain true to it regardless; you can't just click your heels and go back home. This conceit is as relevant to the filmmaking as to the characters in the film. Both run out of steam but for both the wildness ultimately wins out. The future? That could be a car crash or a winding road.
'This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top' Peanut remarks in a rare moment of lucidity. Can't help feeling this is a comment on David Lynch's take on 'reality'. Strong chemistry between the leads makes us care. The southern setting, psycotic blonds and murderous hoodlums are straight out of Tennessee Williams. Their world's ablaze, the roof's down, as passion takes the wheel ...
The Lynchean American Dream is weird shit happening at all times and Wile E. Coyote crying madly with drinks in her hands. It is over the top in every way imaginable and it still feels sincere and lovable. Cage, Dern and Dafoe are amazing and the twin peaks gang have a bunch of delightful cameos. What's not to love?