Something Wild is one of those movies where after you see it, you wonder why the hell it isn’t more well-known. It’s two perfect movies smooshed into one. When it goes from a happy-go-lucky sort of fantastical farce into something much more sinister, there’s a literal and visual shift that you can witness. When Ray Liotta, as Ray Sinclair, the psychopathic villain of the film, is introduced, the color palette literally transforms.
Bill Paxton has long been one of my favorite actors. In a lot of ways, his acting style reminds me of Nicolas Cage, when Nicolas Cage is at his best. They always take risks that sometimes, but not always, pay off to an incredible result… they just need the right project for them. Paxton’s work was usually more consistent, and he was capable of great subtlety, like his performance on the HBO series Big Love. He was also capable of amazing, over-the-top performances like that of Private Hudson in Aliens, or when he’s pleading for his life and saying he has a little dick in True Lies.