Wander Darkly is a 2020 drama film, written and directed by Tara Miele (Batwoman , Arrow, Lost Boy, The Lake Effect, Gone Missing, and Starving in Suburbia). It was produced by Shivani Rawat (Captain Fantastic, Trumbo, Danny Collins, The Polka King, Beirut, and The Trial of the Chicago 7). It had it’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. Adrienne (played by: Sienna Miller from Layer Cake, Factory Girl, The Lost City of Z, Live by Night, 21 Bridges, American Sniper, Foxcatcher, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Matteo (played by: Diego Luna from Narcos: Mexico, Milk, Flatliners, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Blood Father, Open Range, and Contraband) are a couple experiencing strife within themselves despite having a child and a home together. While having an argument driving away from a party, they get into an accident that leaves them in the hospital. They each experience memories of their past involving trauma while in a surreal state. What are dreams and what’s actually reality for the new parents????
Wander Darkly is a drama that plays with your mind a little bit. It’s a strong script with full character development for the leads here. It’s a basically only focuses on 2 people here and the rest of the characters are just little side roles. It explores the relationship between Adrienne and Matteo. It goes from when they met to their current situation. It didn’t bother me but I can see it causing problems with other viewers, it jumps all over the place for the feature and their moments together are displayed at various times that are not in a traditional order. Sienna Miller and Diego Luna have amazing chemistry together. They both give some of their best performances in this drama. Sienna Miller is still top notch eye candy and she isn’t shy here at all. Like I said before, this one has a few twists and messes with your head before it’s done. I actually liked that, it makes it a little different from all the other stuff out there today. RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Lionsgate! This 1080p (1.85:1) transfer is very nice and it covers a variety of location throughout the production with it’s stylish cinematography. It has a English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. This is not the type of film to blow up your speakers when it comes to sound but it does have a few moments that shine like the car crash that causes all the problems here. All of the dialogue is very clean and the music has a killer boost to it. That’s the highlight when it comes to the audio on this home video release. It also has English SDH and Spanish subtitles.
Let’s discuss the special features from Lionsgate! It has an “Audio Commentary” with writer and director Tara Miele. She is excited to see the Lionsgate logo for the first time on her movie. She mentions that she hasn’t seen it for a few years. She chats about the concept and story. She talks about the characters, actors, and performances. She brings up her own experience during a car crash that inspired this script. She tells a few stories about her experience making this. She mentions the crew and the look of Wander Darkly. She goes over several important scenes in this. She has a good memory of the shoot and she drops all kinds of knowledge about the feature. “Narrative Therapy: Remembering Wander Darkly” is almost 16 minutes. It has interviews with director Tara Miele, actors Sienna Miller, Diego Luna, and various members of the production. They chat about the film being inspired by Miele’s real life experience. She tells the story of what happened to her and her husband. They talk about the script. They bring up working with a writer and director for the project. It has a high quality slipcover and a digital code. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!