I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction of director Jonathan Demme’s 1986 quirky romantic comedy Something Wild. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 9, 1991 (read here). Lots of positive things can be said about Something Wild as Cox so eloquently implies. For starters, the chemistry between it’s lead actors Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith is simply delightful and along the ride, we get a breakthrough supporting performance from future Goodfella Ray Liotta as a violent tempered ex-convict. Though it may seem uneven on the surface, at the center, the buildup to the film’s shocking climax, actually comes off as 100 percent believable in it’s unpredictability. For an unrelated example, based on real life as a whole, an individual’s day can start happy and remain that way before ending (unexpectedly) in tragedy. Last, but not least, viewers are treated to an eclectic soundtrack that ranges from rock (Fine Young Cannibals), new wave (Oingo Boingo) and reggae (Jimmy Cliff) among others. If you readers are interested in reading a list of my favorite Jonathan Demme films, read here.
Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Something Wild
Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer