|Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild. |
Fox Searchlight Pictures.
I'm at the cottage for the weekend for an annual family Christmas dinner, cooking a 'fish dinner' of about a dozen dishes or so for fifty people, so I'll have more of the Wild gushing for the upcoming lists of the best performances and films of 2014. In the meantime, though, I'll leave a few words from my hearty recommendation of the film from Toronto, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on Wild after you see it this weekend!
Every ounce of power, honesty, humour, and insight from Strayed’s book comes intensely to life thanks to the terrifically focused screenplay by Nick Hornby (screenwriter of An Education and author himself of High Fidelity, A Long Way Down, etc.) and the kaleidoscopic vision of Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée (Café de flore, Dallas Buyers Club). Wild is a powerful journey, a transformative one, as the film pieces Strayed’s life and story together in one solid portrait. Wild vividly realizes Strayed’s rich, clear prose every step of the way. (Read the full 5-star review here.)