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Wild at Heart


Roger Davidson

Wild at Heart
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In my last article, I said that you would have to look far and wide for a weirder film than True Romance (see article for 05-15-95.) David Lynch movies can top True Romance any day when it comes to being bizarre. Take this film for instance, Wild at Heart, about a love affair made in hell. What I mean is that they are true lovers, except that they have a lot of bad things going on around them. It tells the story of Sailor Ripley (Nicholas Cage) and Lula Pace Fortune (Laura Dern) who go on the run from Lula's psychopathic mother (played by Dern's real life mother, Diane Ladd) who wants revenge on Sailor for spurning her sexual advances.

This film is full of bizarre and surreal scenes as well as the typical weirdos of Lynch movies including Willem Dafoe in a powerhouse performance as a bounty hunter sent to kill Cage and bring back Dern. It's very hard to top Blue Velvet and many fans of Lynch might be disappointed because this is not Blue Velvet. But I found a lot of things to enjoy about it, including Cage and Dern's excellent portraits of lovers on the run and Dafoe nearly one-ups Dennis Hopper's villain in Blue Velvet as pure sleaze. One more thing, when you check this out, be sure to take a look at the scene between Dern and Dafoe in the motel room. You might find that to be the best scene in the whole movie.

My Rating = Four Stars

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