Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wild (2014)

Academy Awards, USA 2015

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Reese Witherspoon
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Laura Dern

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Fox)

Bereaving from the recent death of her mother, college student Reese Witherspoon decides to walk the Pacific Crest Trail in California and Oregon despite having no hiking experience. She struggles with her tent, her fuel, food and water, but especially with the threatening men who seem to turn up at every bend. She also deals with vivid flashbacks about her mother, her heroin addiction, high risk sex life and a persistent fox (poorly CGI'd). At the end of the month's-long ordeal she has a vision of her future, thankfully much happier. Unconvincing portrayal of a real-life event, but you can't fault Witherspoon, who gives it her all.

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