Sunday, December 8, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 40
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AD ASTRA
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: NATHAN FOR YOU
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: LONE WOLF MCQUADE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CHARLIE’S ANGELS
CRAWL
DARK WATERS
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOWNTON ABBEY
FORD V FERRARI
FROZEN II
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE
HATEWATCH: CHOPPED
HATEWATCH: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
LAST CHRISTMAS
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
MIDWAY
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
PLAYING WITH FIRE
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)
TERMINATOR: DARK FATE
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT
THE GOOD LIAR
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF POLYGRAM FILMED ENTERTAINMENT

BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART


Where is it playing?: Amazon, Tubi

What's it rated?: R

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Today’s Yellow Brick Road Leads Straight to Hell.” That’s the headline of a Caryn James review of Wild at Heart that appeared in a 1990 edition of The New York Times, and she’s not wrong.

The bleak reality of a once-romanticized form of travel is a clear thread throughout David Lynch’s twisted ode to The Wizard of Oz (1939) and other road movies of a bygone era, where the yellow brick road is rundown and lonely, Emerald City is a tiny town in Texas, the flying monkeys are hired killers, and Dorothy is a 20-something rebel on the run with a bad-boy parolee.

At its core, Wild at Heart is a formulaic, star-crossed lovers romance. It’s Bonnie and Clyde (1967)—but in this film, Bonnie appears as Lula (Laura Dern), a young woman desperate to get out from under the roof of her overbearing mother, and Clyde as Sailor (Nick Cage), a recently released convict.

Despite her mother’s orders, Lula immediately runs off to California with Sailor once his time in prison is up, a sex-capade that leads them down winding highways and to seedy motels in New Orleans and Big Tuna, Texas. But Lula isn’t initially aware of the real reasons behind her mother’s disdain for Sailor. The couple’s trip is quickly spoiled by private investigators that Lula’s mother hired to track and kill Sailor.

The more her mother tries to stop it, the more Lula and Sailor double down on their love for each other, their fiery passion fed to some degree by the forces trying to keep them apart.

It’s a classic love story, but woven in are Lynchian characters, settings, and dialogue, and for some reason a lot of references to The Wizard of Oz, giving Wild at Heart an unsettlingly surreal yet comedic effect that only David Lynch can really create.

As in all things Lynch, the characters in Wild at Heart are each eccentrics in their own right. An overdone Southern accent paired with an affinity for Elvis Presley, all wrapped up in a snakeskin jacket that symbolizes his “individuality and belief in personal freedom,” work together to bring us Sailor. Lula has her own zany qualities, too—not the least of which is a tendency to get hysterical, and her propensity to extinguish the hysteria by breaking out suddenly in dance.

The downside to many of Lynch’s works is that the chaos created by his vivid characters and his totally unique way of storytelling often cloud the plot itself. But compared to Twin Peaks (1990-1992) and Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart is a breeze to follow, and quite a bit less disturbing.

It’s lighthearted and quirky, and best of all, it offers a rare glimpse into the softer side of Lynch. m

—Kasey Bubnash 




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