A scene from Wild
A scene from Wild

DVD REVIEW: One step at a time for Witherspoon's performance

DVD: Wild

Reviewer: Megan Mackander

Verdict: 3.5 stars


ONE foot in front of the other, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a seemingly impossible journey for a woman walking solo - a 1770km hike through the spine of the United States known as the Pacific Crest Trail.

The solitary trek is captured in the new film, Wild. Reese Witherspoon takes on the lead role.

But Wild is much more than just a walk in the park.

While 26-year-old Strayed makes the trek with her mighty backpack hoisted on her tiny frame, a friend's parting words play on her mind. "You can always quit".

But it becomes clear to the audience that she can't quit. This journey was her only hope.

Prior to the trek, Cheryl's life had spiralled out of control after her mother's passing three year's prior.

She was taking drugs, sleeping with different men and had given up on life.

This journey was a chance for her own self discovery.

Cheryl's trip is broken up with flashbacks of her life, from her childhood right up to her demise.

For much of the film Witherspoon is alone. Cheryl took the trip alone.

Witherspoon is wonderful. Long gone are the days of Legally Blonde, Witherspoon has truly matured in this film. It's great to see her in a dramatic film again.

It's a wonderful film with plenty of meaning, messages and thought provoking scenes, but some parts waned and became repetitive.

At the end of the day, this is a film about a girl going for a walk. It can get a bit boring.


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