Jonathan Demme may have been better known for his dramatic work, but his 1985 comedy Something Wild is undoubtedly worth reconsideration. Charlie (Jeff Daniels) is a stiff New York executive, but when the anarchic Audrey (Melanie Griffith) notices him welch on a lunch bill, she sees something of a rebel in him.
The film’s set up is deceptively familiar – two souls from opposite sides of the tracks are drawn by an unlikely attraction to each other, have a wacky adventure and ultimately learn some life lessons along the way. The opening sequence of the film signals its meet-cute premise from the get go – an opening tracking shot of an American city overlaid with kooky, colourful credits and a jaunty salsa soundtrack are all present and correct. Yet the director of The Silence of the Lambs is undoubtedly too skilled to sleepwalk through a cliched high-concept romantic comedy.
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