Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Gaby Hoffmann
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Length and Rating: 115 min R
From the director of Dallas Buyers Club, comes a film based on the bestselling novel of the same name Wild. It tells they story of Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon (Water For Elephants, Walk the Line), a woman who decides to walk the 1,100 mile trail of the Pacific Crest Trail. As the movie progresses the audience begins to know her reasoning for embarking on this reckless journey.
The film demonstrates the elements that Cheryl has to face on the trail, both physically and mentally. Being alone forces her to face the memories of her mother, played by Laura Dern (The Fault in Our Stars, The Master), the collapse of her failed marriage, and the personal choices she made to get her here.
The movie beautifully features the scenery of the trail. Making the audience have this feeling of ditching their everyday lives and just walk to discover the mystery of the world around us. Throughout the film you realize that it is leading up to this major climatic breakdown. That Cheryl had to let go of the end of the rope she is hanging on to. I think the issue is there were so many breakdowns prior to the climax that it was not a poignant has intended. But it was successful to show that there were multiple reasons she felt she had to do this for herself.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Here’s some questions I’ve been asking myself. What if I forgive myself? What if I was sorry? What if I could go back in time? I wouldn’t do a single thing differently. What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?” – Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role