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With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With... View more >
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Tom Sadoski... View more >
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Dec 22, 2014
Liked Wild, it was a good movie even though it was mostly just about Reece Witherspoon. Expecting violence thru the whole movie? Good movie, esp. the way it was filmed on her hiking trip. Didn't really care for the people she ran into on her hike. I'd love to be able to do what she did.
Dec 23, 2014
"Wild" lives up to the title in more ways than one. The reason why I love the movie so much is the perfromance by reese witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed. a woman who goes on a long 1,000 mile trek. as she moves along the trail, we get to lnow about her life. Her childhood isn't all sweetness and light. Her mother struggles with Cancer, the crumbling of her marrage and her out-of-control sex life. By the time she reached 1,000 miles, we learned a lot about her and the people she met on her way to reach her goal. Reese Woitherspoon gave the performance of of a lifetime. She gave life to not only her charaqcter, but to the movie. What ever hell she went though, she finds redemption on the trail. Where she goes, We can't help but go along with her.
May 20, 2015
Wild is the second "walking" movie I've seen in the past few months (if you don't count recent viewings of the Lord of the Rings movies), and in both lies the theme of using a solitary experience of achieving an incredible goal as a foundation to get in touch with something lost or come to terms with something that has happened. The trigger for both is loss of a loved one, and perhaps that is the only thing that could cause a person to drop everything they are doing and take a trek of hundreds of miles.
Whereas the earlier movie had a father walking The Camino de Santiago in Spain to better understand his son, Wild follows a woman whose life went into an uncontrolled tailspin of reckless behavior after losing her mother to cancer walking the 1,000 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail.
As with road trip movies, it's not the destination that matters, but the journey itself. Here, we see Reese Witherspoon in an excellent performance as she overcomes the many challenges faced by an inexperienced non-hiker walking alone on a trail that goes from blistering hot desert to snowy mountainsides. The scenery is beautiful, but what really makes the movie interesting is the flashbacks of memories that she experiences as she walks. A loud sound triggers a memory of an argument, a smell of herbs is a reminder of her mom's free spirit, and personal danger echoes her reckless behavior after her mom's death.
The people she meets along the way aren't nearly as interesting and do little to add to the story. Perhaps they serve to keep the focus on the lead character and her journey of redemption and restarting her life anew. The ending almost feels like a letdown, because the finish line wasn't what the movie was about, and the voiceover wrapped things up too quickly for my taste.
Wild is definitely worth watching. Even if you can't identify with Witherspoon's character because of her past choices, you can admire her willingness to take on an insurmountable task and push through when all she had to do was quit. We see much more of Reese Witherspoon than in any other role she's played (starting with the title sequence), and she engages in behavior that most wouldn't want to expose children to, so this isn't a family movie by any means, but it is a good movie and Witherspoon deserved the Oscar nomination she received.
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