My Lynch Retrospective continues with a look at the totally batshit Wild At Heart. Click here to read.
Filed under film, movie, movie mezzanine
Tagged as david lynch, diane ladd, laura dern, Nicolas Cage, retrospective, wild at heart, willem dafoe
Let me first start by saying that I enjoyed reading your piece. I thought it was well-written and definitely showcased a deep appreciation for “Wild at Heart”, that I feel so many disregard. I should say that David Lynch is my favorite filmmaker, leaps and bounds ahead of anyone else. What’s interesting though, “Wild at Heart” is my least favorite film of his.
Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoy, but I feel that it’s a very different Lynch film in the sense that while it ends for me, in a very uplifting, beautiful moment, I think its a very cynical film made by a very angry filmmaker in many ways.
While it’s very much a comedy above anything else, I think the hyper-stylized violence is Lynch trying to express his feelings regarding society during the late-80s, early-90s. So much fear and anxiety lingered during those times, with several violent outbreaks occurring. I think a lot of the character’s attempts to avoid violence, is that they are trying to escape the reality of the world they live in, which you certainly mentioned.
A few things that I did want to comment on though. Something that always sort of bothers me when people talk about David Lynch is the mentioning of “dreams”. There’s never been a single moment in a Lynch film where I’ve felt that I’m watching a dream. Everything that happens in his films, I believe is really happening. I think he follows “dream logic”, but its all real. TM has really nothing to do with dreams, its all about pure consciousness, discovering the purest form of “self”. I’m very encourage to read your peace on “Mulholland Drive” because I feel its horribly misunderstood. Again though, this is all just my opinion.
Sailor and Lula’s love is much more sexual in my opinion. The beautiful thing about their relationship is that in so many ways, they are completely different. Sailor is the extreme depiction of masculinity while Lula is the extreme depiction of femininity. What makes them such a wonderful pair is the fact that they both recognize this in one another, and respect each others individuality. And sadly, within the universe of the film, they are arguably the two most sane people.
Again, great article. I’m very glad to hear that you feel “Fire Walk With Me” is underrated, considering it’s my favorite film. Anyways, keep up the great work, really enjoying the opportunity to read these.
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