Something Wild (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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A straitlaced businessman meets a quirky, free-spirited woman at a downtown New York greasy spoon. Her offer of a ride back to his office results in a lunchtime motel rendezvous—just the beginning of a capricious interstate road trip that brings the two face-to-face with their hidden selves. Featuring a killer soundtrack and electric performances from Jeff Daniels (Terms of Endearment, The Squid and the Whale), Melanie Griffith (Body Double, Working Girl), and Ray Liotta (Field of Dreams, Goodfellas), Something Wild, directed by oddball American auteur Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense, The Silence of the Lambs), is both a kinky comic thriller and a radiantly off-kilter love story.
New video interviews with Demme and writer E. Max Frye
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Thompson
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Most importantly, Audrey gets her way, men be damned. She runs the show from beginning to end. Despite her flailing street angst and bad choices, her character is driven by her inner passions and logic from beginning to end. Demme got this right from the get go and never lets Audrey founder in predictable, paternalistic drivel. She sacrifices nothing and emerges strong, resilient and determined. The wild child who gets it right. Daniels is perfectly cast as Audrey's dim-witted, delusional and cuddly cohort. No one could possibly play the brainwashed corporate dork better than Daniels, except, maybe Ed Begley Jr.?
SOMETHING WILD is by no means a top AFI pick or all-time blockbuster hit or any of the traditional benchmarks of a notable film - except for one. Directed by Jonathan Demme, SOMETHING WILD came at a time when Demme began to take the wonderful tools he had learned studying Hitchcock and working with Roger Corman to more mainstream audiences. After making the highly under-appreciated MELVIN & HOWARD, Demme finally grabbed some national attention with his Talking Heads' documentary STOP MAKING SENSE, and then came SOMETHING WILD.
Don't lie to yourself. Loving this movie because Melanie Griffith is topless with handcuffs in the first ten minutes isn't wrong. It's part of the film's undeniable charm. You never know where this film is going to go from one moment to the next. And it includes a handful of wonderful cameos which further film's feeling of a gem that is being rediscovered.