at Heart and weird on top"
Sailor (Cage) and Lula's (Dern) relationship was forged by love, an unbreakable
bond that could never shatter. Even prison, the law and Lula's obsessed mother
Marietta Fortune (Ladd) can stop them from been together. Their love pushes
Marietta over the edge however, as she begs Santos (Freeman) to place a hit
on Sailor so she can get her baby back.
People either adore or despise David Lynch, there is no in-between
and 'Wild at Heart' is another film that will split opinion.
Based on the novel by Barry Gifford, 'Wild at Heart' is populated
with the strange and surreal characters you have come to expect from David
Lynch but this is probably the most accessible and comprehensible movie to
date. A homage to 'The Wizard of Oz' and every road movie that had gone before,
the film is about one simple thing, love.
Sailor and Lula's love is unquestionable and the driving force
behind the entire film. Whatever they come up against or forces that transpire
to prise them apart, the bond just becomes stronger. Murder, jealousy, hate,
fear and envy all rear their ugly heads, conspiring together to tear the lovers
apart but even in Lynch's bizarre, macabre and surreal vision of the world,
Sailor and Lula are a constant beacon of hope.
Driving the film are the performances of Nicolas Cage and Laura
Dern as Sailor and Lula. Cage plays Sailor with an intentional hint of Elvis.
With his snakeskin jacket and constantly lighting a cigarette, Sailor is cool
even though he has no real redeemable features. It is Cage that makes you
like him however, as it is drive his drive to be with Lula that makes the
character a lot more acceptable. He also proves that he has a decent singing
voice as he serenades Lula with the best the King has to offer. Laura Dern
had already worked with David Lynch on 'Blue Velvet' but it was this role
that really pushed her career upwards. As the lovelorned 20 year-old who had
found her true love, Lula is a character that she really runs with and merges
into. There is no doubt that she is totally committed to Sailor and it is
the power of Dern's performance makes this unquestionable.
Supporting the two main players is an excellent supporting
cast. Almost stealing every scene she inhabits is Diane Ladd as Lula obsessed
mother Marietta Fortune. She is the Wicked Witch of the movie, jealous of
her daughter's pure love and fearful that her own looks are starting to fade.
As this is a David Lynch film, the character is over the top and slightly
surreal but this just emphasises her obsession and the extremes she will go
to split them up but it is made all the more prevalent when you take into
account that Diane Ladd is Laura Dern's mother. Willem Dafoe is also exceptional
as the extremely grotesque Bobby Peru. Probably one of the vilest characters
ever to grace the silver screen, Dafoe's performance makes him instantly distasteful
and downright repulsive, bringing the film to an almost disturbing level.
There are also good performances from Harry Dean Stanton as the hapless Johnnie
Farragut and J.E. Freeman as Santos.
'Wild at Heart' is David Lynch's most accessible film but it
still has all his usual hallmarks that drew fans to him in the first place.
With excellent performances from Cage and Dern as Sailor and Lula and an exceptional
supporting cast that throw themselves into their strange and surreal roles,
this is a movie about the love of a young couple and their will to overcome
everything. The only problem is that you will want a snakeskin jacket after
watching it and that is wrong.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic with Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts
soundtracks, the transfer is very good.
Love, death, Elvis and OZ: The Making of 'Wild at Heart' (29.37 mins)
Director David Lynch, novelist Barry Gifford, producer Steve Golin, director
of photography Frederick Elmes, editor Dwayne Dunham and stars Nicolas Cage,
Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Diane Ladd, Crispin Glover, J.E. Freeman, Sheryl
Lee and Grace Zabriskie reminisce about making 'Wild at Heart'. The group
reveal how they became involved with the picture and the love story between
Lula and Sailor driving the script and the movie. With behind the scenes footage
from the actual shoot and cast and crew discussing key scenes from the movie.
Dell's Lunch Counter
A collection of mini featurettes entitled 'The Good Witch', 'Wild at Heart
and weird on top', 'Sailor and Lula get born', 'Lula's Momma', 'The Red Pipe',
'Pigeons', 'Cannes', 'Not your head-head' and 'Snake Skin Leather Jacket'
with contributions from director David Lynch, novelist Barry Gifford, director
of photography Frederick Elmes and stars Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Diane Ladd
and Sheryl Lee.
Sailor and Lula Image Gallery (2.09 mins)
A montage of behind the scenes and publicity shots of Nicolas Cage and Laura
Dern as Sailor and Lula
Specific Spontaneity: Focus on David Lynch (7.01 mins)
Director of photography Frederick Elmes, casting director Johanna Ray, novelist
Barry Gifford, producer Steve Golin, editor Dwayne Dunham and stars Laura
Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman and Sheryl Lee talk about working with David
Lynch, revealing how he works and his career up to now.
David Lynch on DVD (2.44 mins)
The director talks about the process of bringing 'Wild at Heart' to DVD
Original EPK Featurette (6.54 mins)
Director David Lynch and stars Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini
and Willem Dafoe take you behind the scenes of the making of 'Wild at Heart'
in this original featurette from 1990.
TV Spots and Theatrical Trailer
Watch four TV adverts and the trailer that were used to promote the movie
The DVD release of 'Wild at Heart' is a package that Lynch fans should revel
in. With new interviews and behind the scenes footage, the only thing missing
is a commentary track, which is a real disappointment. This is still a good
package however but it would have been amazing with a few more additions.
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