I once had my bowl of Kellogg’s Frosties spiked by an unknown narcotic resulting in me going wild with a spoon. This is not a trailer for dramatic reenactment of that event, but the similarities are striking. Well, minus the cereal, of course.
Reese Witherspoon is generally seen on screen as either the ditzy blonde or boring straight girl, but in Wild she’ll be reaching into the much more dramatic areas of her toolbox – the same areas that saw her deservedly pick up an Oscar (as the film’s poster and trailer are eager to remind us). And once again, she’s playing a real life character in Cheryl Strayed, whose astonishing memoir of soul-searching 1100 mile solo hike into the American wilderness is being adapted here by Oscar nominated director Jean-Marc Vallée (The Dallas Buyers Club) and screenwriter Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity, An Education).
That’s a whole lot of Oscar cred and based on this very good looking trailer, with Witherspoon seemingly delivering a very strong singular performance under some tight directing, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some more being added to the pile.
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. “Wild” powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
Wild also stars homas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, W. Earl Brown, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin, Laura Dern and Keene McRae.
Last Updated: July 14, 2014