Some people may even consider it her best film yet, though that puts it up against her 1999 classic, Election.
Wild, which is based on a true story, features Witherspoon like you’ve never seen her. She’s broken, vulnerable, and utterly real.
It’s not enough that the story is good — Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a divorced heroin junkie who attempts to hike the treacherous Pacific Crest Trail (over 1000 miles total) to heal herself emotionally and physically. The story is also brilliantly told.
We watch her journey in the “present” filtered with constant flashbacks that range everywhere from her childhood to how quickly her life fell apart as an adult. This is a great example of how to use the benefits of a “mosaic” style of filmmaking while also keeping a level coherence.
It’s easy to follow along, but more importantly, it’s effortless to care about Cheryl Strayed. And…
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