Saturday, July 12, 2014

Reese Witherspoon asks "What if I was sorry?" in First Trailer for WILD


The first trailer for Wild - plus the stunning poster above - has just been released. 
While Witherspoon's name is the only one on the poster, the studio is counting on us to get excited that the movie is being directed by the man who gave us the wildly successful  Dallas Buyers Club. The intensity of the performances by both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto coupled with the powerful and emotional real life story of one man's battle to cure Aids won't be an easy success for director Jean Marc Valle to duplicate, but the intense and emotionally painful story is definitely there. 

Cheryl Strayed, a former heroin user, hiked the 1000 long Pacific Crest Trail, trying to come to grips with the death of her mother, a dying marriage, and a crumbling sense of self. Clearly she made some poor choices or, like one of the men she meets on the road, did she make the only choices she could, the only choice she could see?
"I didn't have a choice" he tells her, about all the things he's quit. "There's never been a time when there was a fork in my road."


Strayed wrote her best selling memoir based on her tough journey; the physical trail she conquered and her inner tumultuous journey. Regrets, she has more than a few but then again she asks herself -
"What if I forgive myself? What if I was sorry? But if I could go back in time I wouldn't do a single thing differently. What if all those things I did were the things that got me here?" 
The film was written by Nick Hornby and is set for release on December 5th causing some to cry Oscar bait. Wild co-stars Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, Charles Baker, Kevin Rankin, and Thomas Sadoski, but it's clear from the trailer, it's Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed and the lonely adventure of self-discovery that carries the film. I hope the movie not so inspiring that it spurs other women to tackle real-world arduous trails of their own; a single woman hiking alone? In this time in our troubled world? That's not a journey, that's a death wish.




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