Review: Wild (2014)

Wild is a drama starring Reese Witherspoon, and is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club). Written by Nick Hornby (An Education), Wild is about Cheryl, who caused emotional destruction in her life, and after her divorce and the death of her mother, she makes a promise to herself to change. This change, is in the form of walking a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
There is no denying that Reese Witherspoon’s performance is one of excellence, with Witherspoon really embodying an emotionally torn Cheryl, albeit with a hint of Legally Blonde persona creeping in to her helpless, yet strong willed personality. Although there is no doubt that Jean-Marc Vallée is a talented director, the editing of Wild, specifically the flashbacks, was infuriating. Other than the two slight niggles that I found with Wild, overall, it is an entertaining and empowering film. A few scenes did shock me, and some character development is questionable, otherwise Wild offers good value for entertainment.

“There’s no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another, what leads to what, what destroys what or causes what to flourish or die or take another course.” – Cheryl