Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Overlooked Movies -- Wild at Heart

Okay, I'll admit it, this movie's not overlooked. But, hey, it's Valentine's Day, and I wanted a tender love story to talk about. What better choice could I make?

As we all know from our close reading of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the course of true love never did run smooth, and that's what Wild at Heart is all about. Obviously Sailor (Nicolas Cage, wearing a snakeskin jacket that represents his individuality and belief in personal freedom [I'm looking at you, Driver]) and Lula (Laura Dern) are clearly meant to live happily ever after. Are they going to let little things like a jealous witch (Lula's mother), a beating death, a prison term, a hit team, voodoo, outrageous violence, a botched bank robbery, the first of several Cage Elvis impressions, and the craziest cast of characters ever assembled (except maybe in other David Lynch movies) stop them? Of course not.

There's probably someone who could summarize the plot for you, but that someone isn't me. All I can say is that it's hilarious, surreal fun and that while it may not be the perfect Valentine's Day movie, I can't think of a better one at the moment.


Todd Mason said...

Another of those better Cage movies getting at least a little clearance of late (I hadn't made the V-day connection, but now you mention it...).

norby said...

'Tender love story' Okay...

I've seen this movie once, a long time ago. I liked it, and as soon as I figure out why I'll watch it again. Maybe sooner, who knows.