David Lynch is an auteur that I recommend having in your movie library, so I was very excited when I got my hands on a copy of Lynch’s Wild at Heart starring Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern.
Based on the first of six novels by Barry Gifford, Wild at Heart is a personal favorite love story of mine. We’re introduced to Sailor (Nicholas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern) at a party in Cape Fear. Things get a little crazy when an incident goes down that ends in Sailor bashing a man’s head into marble floor until the white meat shows, and he is sent to jail. Lula waits for her man and once he’s free they decide to break Sailor’s parole, leaving Lula’s mother who despises him, behind and the couple head for California. However the surreal David Lynch universe has different plans for them introducing them to questionable characters.
A love like Sailor and Lula’s always stuck with me. It’s up there on my list of favorite unconventional movie couples. It’s a love symbolized by fire, you see Lynch repeatedly use the flame element throughout the film as a figure of good and evil. There are also tons of Wizard of Oz links in this movie.
To compliment the intensity of Sailor and Lula’s burning desires, Lynch also has the movie scored to metal exhibiting the lovers’ wild, untamable personalities. This movie also features one of the most warm versions of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender”; you’ll never hear that song the same way again.
This Blu-ray version of Wild at Heart is a treat. It’s a collectors edition with special features including an interview with Barry Gifford, over an hour of deleted scenes which are totally worth it, a documentary on the making of Wild at Heart, extended interviews, David Lynch on the DVD process, an image gallery and a focus on David Lynch. This edition is a movie collector’s delight.
If you’re looking for true love, crime and maybe Glinda, the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz, then give Wild at Heart a chance. It’s so worth a night in on the couch with some ice cream.