Review of 'Wild at Heart'

wild_at_heart.jpg At a party Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) is attacked by a man hired by his girlfriend Lula's (Laura Dern) domineering mother Marietta Fortune (Diane Ladd). When Sailor kills the man he is sent to prison. On his release despite Marietta's displeasure Sailor and Lula continue to see each other so she hires a hit-man to kill Sailor. Breaking bail, Sailor and Lula flee North Carolina but the money is running out and Lula finds out she is pregnant…

Did not really enjoy this at all. It would help if I cared for any of the characters but they are all one-dimensional and, frankly, nasty. This fast-paced film (though interspersed with odd long periods of nothingness on the screen) seems to be all about shock with visceral violence and explicit sex throughout along with banal dialogue and terrible acting. So, pretty much par for any David Lynch production then. If you want something different, fair enough, if you want an interesting and enjoyable film beyond simple action/violence/sex then try elsewhere.

If we had not been given a good deal on an outdoor screening it doubtful I would have ever sought out this film. I stand by this position. Not my cup of tea at all.

Rating: “A slight glimmer of hope, but mostly awful”

Review Date: 2019-09-01

Directed by: David Lynch

Studio: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Year: 1990

Length: 125 minutes

Genre: Melodrama

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