Ten things to love about ‘Wild’

I LOVED THE MOVIE “WILD!” I already blogged a review of the book Could “Wild” be the antidote to “Gone Girl?” and I’m happy to tell you that the movie is EVERYTHING I hoped it would be. “Wild” is Reese Witherspoon’s best movie since “Freeway” (a film nobody seems to recall while they keep saying it’s so unusual to see Witherspoon swear, shoot heroin, and not play the good girl.)

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Here’s a list of 10 things about “Wild” that I thought were great. After each item, say to yourself: How often do you see that in a Hollywood movie?

1. Erica Jong and Adrienne Rich are quoted in the first 10 minutes.

2. There is male frontal nudity but no female frontal nudity.

3. Reese Witherspoon’s character, Cheryl, says: “I am a feminist.”

4. Witherspoon/ Cheryl wears no make up, a loose shirt, hiking shorts or pants for almost the entire movie.

5. Withesrpoon is a 38 year old playing a 26 year old.

6. Two women– Witherspoon and Laura Dern– get top billing

7. Flannery O’Connor is quoted.

8. There’s an great, accurate depiction of harassment when a slimy guy tells Cheryl she looks good in her pants. When she doesn’t reply, he says defensively, “That’s a compliment!”

9. The movie is about a woman who travels alone and likes sex, yet she doesn’t get raped.

10. This quote:

What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d dome something I shouldn’t have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than it was what I wanted to do and needed to do? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do anything differently than I had done? What if I’d actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn’t have done was also what got me here? What if was never redeemed? What if I already was?

 

Thank you to Reese Witherspoon for making this movie, to Witherspoon’s daughter Ava for inspiring her to depict powerful women, and to Cheryl Strayed for living and writing her story.

 

Reel Girl rates “Wild” ***HHH***

One thought on “Ten things to love about ‘Wild’

  1. It’s funny that you would call “Wild” the “antidote” to :”Gone Girl”. I watched “Wild” last night, and I loved it (I hike a lot, and I enjoyed the honesty of the main character), so I did my typical thing, and read a bunch of reviews on it. Apparently Reese Witherspoon started a production company several years ago specifically with a goal in mind of producing films with stronger female characters, and that production company created both “Wild” and “Gone Girl”. Witherspoon was gushing about the success of both films. Here’s the article http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/movies/reese-witherspoon-goes-against-type-in-wild.html?_r=0. It’s a very good interview.

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