Friday, February 27, 2015

Wild - Movie Review

Wild is based on a 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed. It recounts her experiences as she treks the one thousand mile Pacific Crest Trail all alone after the death of her mother, her divorce and years of drug binges.

Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl and does a competent job as always. Laura Dern plays her mother. The movie switches from Cheryl's trek in the wild and cuts into her past life - with her mother, her ex-husband, her childhood, her brother etc. Save from a small drama with potential rapists, the trek never held any danger to me as the viewer. Its slow, but builds nicely into the last scene where we feel the sense of catharsis Cheryl experiences after having completed her journey. Laura Dern is nice.

Slow. If you are in that kind of a mood, its nice. But nothing happens for long periods.  

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