The opening scene of “Wild” had me hooked. My heart sped up as my hands covered my eyes whilst I half watch Reese Witherspoon remove her bloody, sore toenail which has decayed from the pressure of her walking boots. Moments later she then knocks one of her boots off a cliff top rolling down into oblivion. However don’t worry too much for her because he rest of the movie isn’t even nearly half as exciting as these first few opening minutes. After this opening scene I was ready and feeling pumped for what I thought was going to be a 127 hours type film but alas, it was not. There was no riveting soundtrack, no outstanding visuals and no attempts to polish the overall cinematography which is so disappointing because the story itself is wonderful, yet terribly translated into a movie. Half an hour in and I had no real drive to watch the rest of the film at all. But I did go on and heres the main things you need to know.
– The scene which begins with almost 20 minutes of the film to go is by far the most perfect. Had the rest of the film captured the same intensity and precision as this scene I’m sure it would have received a fair few more nominations. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) is nearing the end of her hike and bumps into a small boy walking with his grandmother. The interaction between Cheryl and the boy sees Reese break the emotional barrier she seems to have been withholding and the results are beautiful. It wasn’t until this moment that I accepted the fact that she had been nominated for her performance.
– As previously mentioned;the opening scene of the film. Reese portrays Cheryls reaction to her boot loss so humanely and I think I would react the very same. With more fucks.
– Laura Derns performance almost saves the film. Is it enough though?
– There are quite a number of really good and interesting songs used throughout the film however I think they are used much too sporadically
– I’m sad because I feel as though the PCT wasn’t actually depicted as beautiful as it could have done. I don’t think they took advantage enough of the setting and instead focused on the other character interaction as opposed to Cheryls interaction with nature and the trail itself. We only saw the tougher moments instead of the simple joys of the outside!
DID YOU KNOW
– Young Cheryl is played by the real Cheryl Strayed’s daughter
– The director refused Reese Witherspoon the use of all mirrors during the shoots – (unsure why as her transformation was nothing out of the ordinary)
“The thing about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, the thing that was so profound to me that summer-and yet also, like most things, so very simple-was how few choices I had and how often I had to do the thing I least wanted to do. How there was no escape or denial. No numbing it down with a martini or covering it up with a roll in the hay. As I clung to the chaparral that day, attempting to patch up my bleeding finger, terrified by every sound that the bull was coming back, I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go” – Cheryl Strayed