Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart ★★★★★

'Wild at Heart' was the first David Lynch movie I ever saw, and it's still one of my favourites. I don't think it's necessarily his best, but I would say it's one of his most accessible. Narratively, it's very straightforward, but it is also undoubtedly a David Lynch film, incorporating surreal imagery, bizarre characters, and a relatively dark tone.

One of the things I really love about this film is the universe it establishes. It is perhaps one of Lynch's most "Lynchian" films, but it seems to stand apart from the rest of his work, taking place in its very own underworld of various bizarre criminals and hitmen. These are elements that can be found in his other films, but with 'Wild at Heart', it feels like there is a living, breathing world existing in the background of the film's love-on-the-run story. It's a smaller, unexplored part of the movie, but I've always been fascinated by the criminal network the film references involving characters such as Marcelles Santos and Mr. Reindeer. All the film's characters are great, with Willem Dafoe's Bobby Peru being one of Lynch's most memorable.

If I had one complaint with this film, it would be regarding the sound. Ever since 'Eraserhead', sound design has been one of the standout elements of Lynch's filmography, but in this film, there were some things that really didn't work. When Sailor sings to Lula near the beginning of the film, for example, the same scream sound-effect is used numerous times, sometimes overlapping itself; intentional or not, it's pretty distracting. Other than that, I noticed some odd sound cuts, but nothing that detracts from my enjoyment of the film.

Flaws aside, 'Wild at Heart' is one of my favourite films from one of my favourite directors, and I love almost everything about it.

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