Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart ★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

“This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top” - Lula

Wild at Heart’s title perfectly describes the movie. It's fucking bannanas, batshit insane, unabashedly weird. But that’s the fun of it, and also the issue with it. It’s fucking unrestrained, weird shit. It takes a Bonnie & Clyde-like road trip movie, but mixing it in with Lynch’s signature dose of trippy, bizzare filmmaking sensibilities. 

Our introduction to Nic Cage is him beating the absolute fucking shit out of some guy paid to kill him while a metal score is playing behind it. He and everyone else around him is so over-exaggerated. 

We get a peak Nic Cage performance with this movie. It’s a performance that let’s him do all his weird shit, but allows it to actually work within the movie and not feel incredibly jarring. He just goes for it, and becomes this insane, Elvis-like goofy weirdo

“Did I ever tell ya that this here jacket represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom?” - Sailor

This man is so fuckin rad with his snakeskin jacket (which represents his individuality and his belief in personal freedom, of course). 
He is so rad that when he’s nervous about the pregnancy, he smokes not one, but TWO CIGARETTES AT THE SAME TIME! 
The dance/singing scene is so insane with Nic Cage is just doing karate dancing all over the place and singing Elvis while sounds of screaming children echo through the club for no apparent reason.

"Those toenails dry yet, sweetheart? We got some dancin' to do." - Sailor

This movie is just a great, fucked up story about love, about these 2 young, wild lovers going on this journey, where they’re forced to grow up in the midst of tragedy and adversity. They start of with this idealised, excitable idea of their love, and over the film, they’re dragged further back into the reality of their situation and the world around them and both of their troubled pasts. This idealised perfect world of love and sex is slowly peeled back and both their flaws and their issues are slowly brought to the surface.

The ending is really great, with the time jump, showing this theme of the growth really take hold with Lula growing after the incident, while Sailor is afraid to also evolve alongside her and fit into this new world before realising he should commit to growing as a person and committing with Lula, which he realises via a fight scene, a magical witch of wisdom, and a Elvis song.

Also, god damn Willem Dafoe man. He is a truely magical being, he always is and always has been. He really goes full DaFOE as opposed to being DaFriend. He’s so weird, so exciting to watch and to listen too. His dopey laugh and expressions are just amazing.

“I don't mean your head-head. I'm not gonna piss on your head, your hair and all, I'm just gonna piss in the toilet. Y'all take a listen, you'll hear the deep sound comin' down from Bobby Peru.” - Bobby Peru

This movie is by no means perfect. While some of the performances are overly weird, I really do hate the mother, both her character and the pretty awful performance (And it’s even more insane when you find out she got nominated for an Oscar for this role). I really don’t care about any of her scenes, those scenes with her are only saved by the other bizzare characters. I don’t like any of the gangster side-plot stuff at all really, except for the line:

"You want me to shoot Sailor... in the brains... with a gun?”

and:

"Lots of irreparable brain damage"

The movie is at it’s best when it’s focused on Sailor and Lula and the weird encounters they have on their trip and the gangsters and mother, while essential parts of the conflicts, just didn't really work for me. 

I also don’t really think this symbolism that Lynch forces into this really works. Like there seems to be this recurring thing with referencing The Wizard of Oz. I don’t know, it just felt super overbearing and extremely obnoxious. The same could be said for a lot of the visual and written metaphors in this movie. At times it feels like it’s weird for the sake of it, but it also tries to give that weirdness a sense of self importance to it, which I just find doesn’t really work in the long run.

"My dog barks, some. Mentally you picture my dog, but I have not told you the type o' dog which I have. Perhaps you might even picture Toto... from "The Wizard of Oz." But I can tell you, my dog is all ways with me. ARF!" - OO Spool

I also feel like the first like hour or so is kinda underwhelming. It’s mostly just Sailor and Lula hanging around and having sex A LOT, and scenes of Lula’s mum going “I NEED TO FUCKIN KILL THAT SAILOR GUY AND SAVE MY BABYY” It get’s super repetitive at a point, however, the last hour is far better when Dafoe enters the story, there’s less of that gangster shit and the mum goes away for a while, we get a lot more funny, wacky Sailor moments and the story really elevates and you see the serious drama build in it’s intensity.

It is ultimately a pretty fun, odd movie. I think it dwells a bit more on it’s ‘artsy, visual imagery’ and weird, random metaphors that I’d have liked, but it’s still a good movie.

Also, I watched this movie on my monitor , I got real and did not watch this movie on my fUCKING TELEPHONE, so I have in fact, experienced the movie.


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