Review: WILD

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For those of you that know me, you know how much I love my mother.  She is my buddy, my confidant, my rock and most of all My Mommy.  As the years progress and we both become older in this world, I know the day will come when one of us will be without the other.  It is unspeakable and unthinkable until one day it is just a reality.  A reality that neither of us wants, needs or will accept with ease.

Riddled with guilt after the death of her Mom (beautifully and lovingly played by Laura Dern), a drug induced/sexually promiscuous Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) embarks on a 1000 mile hiking journey through the Pacific Crest Trail back to the person her Mom believed she could be.

Mostly told through flashbacks, one knows at the beginning of Wild when Cheryl lets out a primal scream from losing her shoes and a toenail that we are about to go on an intense emotional roller coaster…and what a ride it becomes.

Based on the best-selling memoir  “Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed  we are privy to a life that becomes transformed through solitude in the the wild.  Being someone, who would NEVER be caught dead camping, one of my favorite scenes was watching Cheryl pack her backpack for the impending journey.  I won’t ruin it for you, but is is pure comedy!

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It’s a sure bet that Dern and Witherspoon will join the ladies for Oscar nods in the Best Actress and Supporting categories.  I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Cinematographer Yves Bélanger, for capturing the stunning beauty of the Mohave Desert and the Pacific Crest Trail (he is also responsible for last season’s big hit Dallas Buyers Club).  Fox Searchlight opened this film in limited release as of December 5th.

 

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