Watch my video review above of Reese Witherspoon’s newest movie, Wild, the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir of the 1,100-mile hike she took on the Pacific Crest Trail in an effort to exorcise the demons of her divorce, mother’s death and dive into addiction.
Witherspoon – an Oscar winner for Walk The Line – is as good as she’s ever been, and Laura Dern (Oscar-nominated for Rambling Rose) is equally terrific as her mother. Strayed, by the way, has a bit part in the film, and I think that gigantic backpack that the petite Witherspoon must wrestle throughout the film deserves some sort of comedic award.
Jean-Marc Vallée (Oscar-nominated for Dallas Buyers Club) directs from a screenplay written by another fellow who’s written some great memoirs and essays, Nick Hornby (Oscar-nominated for An Education).
The film premiered at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals this fall and opens in limited release this week, including today in New York and Los Angeles. Fox Searchlight is distributing the film.
Do you plan to see the film? Watch my review and let us know what you think.