I first saw Wild at Heart when I was 16 years old. I had to watch it a few times to "get it" I read the book and tried to figure out all the metaphors in the film. One day I noticed my grandfather had it on, in fact I started to notice he had it on a lot. Like over and over a lot. I said to him "Do you understand this film?" He said "It makes no sense to me but the blond (Laura Dern is hot and you can see her naked for a second." I though about that for a second and realized, I put way to much thought into films.
Wild at Heart was the winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, and Diane Ladd was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. Despite this, the film received mixed reviews from audiences and critics.
It stars Nicolas Cage as Sailor and Laura Dern as his girlfriend Lula. Sailor is fresh out of jail for murder, he killed a man who attacked him, ho unbeknownst to him was hired by Lula's mother Marietta Fortune (Diane Ladd) to murder him.
Sailor and Lula hit the town and after a night if thrash music, Elvis love, and sex, decide to run away together to California, which would technically violate Sailors parole but as there in love they don't care, as they want to get away from Lula's mom.
As you can figure Marietta does not like this and hires not only a private detective to find them, but she hires a local gangster to hunt them down and kill Sailor.
Thus is the set up for a road movie to end all movies as the two meet various lowlifes and thugs that only Director David Lynch could create.
Cage and Dern are perfect as the lovers on the run and Ladd shines as Marietta. There are also great supporting roles from Harry Dean Staton, and Willem Dafoe as well.
Shout Select has done an amazing job bringing this to Blu-ray and have loaded the disc with special features
Is this film for everyone? No, but it's a fun time regardless if you "get it" or not. And unlike a lot of early films by Lynch this one holds up surprisingly well. So sit back and enjoy Wizard of Oz if it were a tripped out road film with Nicholas Cage
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars