A New York businessman who likes to play everything safe meets a free-spirited young woman named Audrey who essentially kidnaps him from his job
for a wild weekend. The two are bitter opposites but they are attracted to each
other, and everything is going great until her ex-boyfriend shows up. Jonathan Demme's Something Wild is a well written, fun, and creative romantic comedy/drama which really excels in breaking most genre conventions thus creating it's very own form of Americana cinema. Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels are both fantastic in their respective roles, with great chemistry as well, making it simply fun to watch the two tem together. One of the most interesting aspects of Something Wild is the tonal shift which takes place a little over halfway through the film. It works perfectly, with the arrival of this ex-boyfriend, played extremely well by Ray Liotta. The film becomes a much darker experience, almost playing more like a thriller where the viewer becomes fearful for the main protagonists' safety. The production design is great, particularly everything that Audrey owns, which just saturates the frame with a vivid color pallette. The music is also done extremely well, adding another layer of Americana to the film - particularly "Wild Thing" which occurs throughout the film, most of the time being sung or played by someone actually in the film. Jonthan Demme's Something Wild is a film that throws out a lot of the typical tonial decisoins used in the genre; it's playful, funny, dramatic, and even scary at times making for ultimately a unique and great film.
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