Wild at Heart (1990) starring Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd directed by David Lynch Movie Review

Wild at Heart (1990)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern in Wild at Heart (1990)

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They were young and in love and if Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern) had their way they would be happy. But Lula's mother Marianne (Diane Ladd) has other plans as she doesn't think Sailor is good enough for Lula and after trying to screw him in a washroom then tries to have him killed. It leads to Sailor killing his attacker and serving nearly two years inside which only acts to make Sailor and Lula all the more hot for each other. With it becoming clear that Marianne won't let them be happy they hit the road but find their journey across America blighted by quirky characters and criminals hired to break them apart.

David Lynch is good at what he does, but some times what he does isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea and so when it comes to "Wild at Heart" I find myself in the area of being able to appreciate it as a piece of movie making but not necessarily my sort of thing. It is not just Lynch as I find myself feeling the same with Cage and Dern, two actors who deliver two full on performances yet not necessarily performances I enjoy.

Diane Ladd in Wild at Heart (1990)

The daft thing is that "Wild at Heart" is one of Lynch's more straight forward movies and it involves two lovers trying to escape Lula's mother who will do anything to break them apart. Why? Well it is partly out of thinking Sailor is not good enough for her daughter but also because of what Sailor may know about some dodgy goings on in the life of Marianne. As such their road trip is an eventful one with various problems along the way.

But whilst straight forwards "Wild at Heart" is a David Lynch movie and it is full on extreme Lynch with heavy use of fire to highlight burning passion, brutal violence, sex scenes, quirky over the top characters, references to the Wizard of Oz all over the place and some intentional over the top acting. In many ways it is not worth trying to describe "Wild at Heart" because Lynch's style is intentionally out there and all over the place, crazy but crazily entertaining although maybe a little too crazy for my tastes.

What this all boils down to is that if you enjoy crazy, stylish, quirky, surreal and extreme movies then give "Wild at Heart" a look as it will probably entertain and show you what Nicolas Cage was once capable of. But it is a movie which isn't for everyone and certainly not a movie you want to watch if you are trying to quit smoking as Lynch gives us one cool scene of smoking after another.