From the infectious opening song by David Byrne to the carnage of the film's climactic scenes, Something Wild is more fun than you can shake a stick at. Cool, clever, funny, menacing, and romantic (to name just a few of its features), the film twists and turns from screwball comedy to violent thriller to romantic fantasy with astounding confidence and energy.
The story may at first sound predictable but the approach the film takes is full of delicious suprises, with endless pleasure to be found in the details and strange but believable characters. With fantastic cameos from a whole cast of cult figures including Tracey Walter, Charles Napier and John Waters, the film revels in the quirky underside of America, but with obvious joy and affection, rather than cynicism or contempt.
Daniels is excellent, and Griffiths, who I am not a fan of, is suprisingly good, but the real plaudits most go to Ray Liotta, tearing up the screen as Lulu's psychotic ex-husband.
An absolutely terrific, often overlooked gem, arguably a career high for many of those concerned.
DVD sadly short on extras, so 2 out of 5 for minimal package, but 5 out of 5 for the movie itself.