Review: Wild, 2014, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée

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Wild is ripe for easy snark on the page. Just as Cheryl Strayed embarked on her thousand mile sojourn to emotional betterment in 1995, Reese Witherspoon sets out to recreate Strayed’s quest in the pursuit of another Oscar win, what would be her first since 2005’s Walk the Line. It has long been the fashion among movie stars to deglam in the campaign for Academy gold, and approaching Strayed’s story in partnership with Jean-Marc Vallée—the director of 2013’s supremely baity Dallas Buyers Club—sends a clear signal as to the film’s ultimate ambition.” (Via Paste Magazine.)

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