WILD-MovieOccasionally a film comes along that makes the viewer want to read the book.  This is one movie that does that to me.  So, despite my resolution not to buy any new books, I intend buying this book by Cheryl Strayed.

The only reason that I could think of for seeing the movie in the first place was that the actor was Reese Witherspoon.

I have been a fan of Witherspoon from her very first film The Man In The Moon which I saw sometime in the early nineties of the last century!  Another film that I can never forget with he in it was Legally Blonde with a very unusual story.  She has come a long way since then, and if she is in a movie, I go and see it.  In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, I saw a film produced by her, The Gone Girl, and was not disappointed.

This film did not disappoint me.  It is a story made for an actress of the caliber of Witherspoon and since all the other roles are more or less cameos, her histrionic ability shines through and through as there is literally nobody else to steal scenes from her.  My friend Ramesh however could not understand the story and after we came out asked me to explain it to him.  And that is likely to be a major drawback of the film because, unless one has been exposed to the kind of life that the hiker leads before she decides to redeem herself, it will be difficult to understand the story.

Since my rating is based on how much it appealed to me, I have no hesitation whatsoever in giving it [rating=6].

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7 Responses to Wild.

  1. I’ve been torn between reading the book first or seeing the movie first. My daughter recommended it – the book, that is – a long time ago. I think that the death of my own mother, in 2002, is what’s held me back. Having only heard about it, not read or seen it, I don’t even know if that makes sense.
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    • The kindle version which is what I bought after writing the review costs $1.62. I think that it is worth it. I do believe that it would be better for you to see the movie first so that explanations can be found in the book later. For obvious reasons, many details are omitted in the film version leaving big gaps in the narrative.

  2. tammy j says:

    i usually steer clear of this type of movie because of the anxiety level and my weird blood pressure issues. so… i might choose the book first.
    and i totally agree about witherspoon. she’s wonderful!
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  3. I’ll have to look it up. Thanks!
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  4. Kaitlin says:

    I haven’t seen this one, but I enjoyed Legally Blonde and like Witherspoon.

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