An American Love Story
Wild at Heart (1990) follows doomed lovers Soilor and Lulu as they take an absurd road trip through America's heartland while on the run from a wicked witch, the police, and numerous assassins. The film begins in flames with the protagonist delivering excessive blunt-force trauma to the head of an attacker in self-defense, and then ends after a visit from the good witch who inspires him to return to his true love and sing her Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender. Everything in between is a disturbing, farcical journey through the dark side of human existence.
Wild at Heart Trailer
THE CASE FOR
|Barry Gifford, Author and Lynch Collaborator|
|The Wicked Witch is in Hot Pursuit|
|Sheryl Lee Plays The Good Witch of the North in Sailor's Fantasy at the End of the Film|
You Will Recognize Her as Laura Palmer from Lynch's Twin Peaks
|Diane Ladd''s finest moment|
|Proof it is impossible for Isabella Roselinni to look anything but strikingly beautiful|
Find Me Music!
|Hop fast like a bunny for Bobby Peru|
|That moment when you realize, your a complete fuck up who can't change|
We will discuss Lynch's recurring themes in more detail near the end of this article series, but Lynch has always apparently had an artistic fascination with man's journey from youth to adulthood and the fears that plague his life along the way. Lynch explores the world's corrupting pitfalls, and how in the process of becoming a provider and protector of a woman and children, he can become encumbered with fear and twist himself into a darker version of himself in the process. This happens to Henry Spencer in Eraserhead (1976), Paul Atreides in the half-written Dune sequel: Dune Messiah, and to a lesser degree this theme can be applied to Dr. Treves in The Elephant Man (1980), Jeffrey Beaumont in Blue Velvet (1986), and more than a few characters in the saga of Twin Peaks (1990-92).
Some confusing elements of David Lynch's other films are clarified in light of the directness of Wild at Heart (1990), which can act like a Rosetta Stone to his other pictures. In particular, because Lynch worked on the Twin Peaks TV series while also filming Wild at Heart, many ideas from both shows are complementary between the two projects. Some elements and themes of Twin Peaks seem clarified when contrasted with Wild at Heart and vice versa. We will save those insights for a future article, but you can look forward to our in-depth study of Twin Peaks, which begins next week with our analysis of the pilot episode.
|This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top|
his review of the film:
|Willem Dafoe Stands Out as the Best Part of the Film, Although His Character Arrives Too Close to the End|
|Sailor will get his revenge on the world|
|True rockers at heart, a stop for some head banging is a must on this wild road trip|
IF YOU'RE TRULY WILD AT HEART
YOU'LL FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS
YOU'LL FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS
|And They All Lived Happily Ever After|
|An uncomfortable silence in a time of madness|
|Wild at Heart (1990) and Lost Highway (1997) Were in Part Written with Barry Gifford and Share a Very Similar Tone and Style to Each Other. People Who Tend to Favor One of these Films Tend to be Big Fans of the Other|
Addendum: I recently had the opportunity to watch a 35mm print of Wild at Heart in a movie theater, the way David Lynch designed the film to be seen. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference the film's emotional impact makes when viewed with an audience at the cinema. I withdraw my former rating of 7.5 out of 10 and now give it a perfect rating of 10 out of 10. Hands down, this is one of the most brilliant films I have ever experienced. This leads me to believe that whenever presented with an opportunity to watch a 35mm screening of one of David Lynch's films, you should never miss it.
Wild at Heart (1990) is available on Blu-Ray in the U.K. but is not yet scheduled for release in the U.S., which is also the case for David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Dr. (2001), and Inland Empire(2006). Hopefully the U.S. rights holders will make greater efforts to release all of Lynch's films on Blu-Ray soon, but we could have a long wait. But there is hope since Blue Velvet(1986) will be released finally in November of 2011.
Murietta's Hit on Sailor
Wild at Heart (1990) is available on a Special Edition DVD in the U.S., based on the high definition master restored under the supervision of David Lynch. The best version of the film currently distributed in the U.S. is in David Lynch's Lime Green Set, which contains all his short films, films, and assorted video projects from the beginning of Lynch's career up to the release of Wild at Heart. This is currently the best way to watch the film in the U.S., although the U.K. now has a Blu-Ray release.