Nothing compares to the smell of Oscar season like the biopic. Amazing tales of usually un-extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. Sometimes these films serve as a humble reminder of world-changing events, like Selma. They could just be a platform meant to inspire. like The Theory Of Everything. In either case, Hollywood stars line up towards the end of the year to take a shot at portraying one of these people on the big screen. Reese Witherspoon takes her crack at the genre and universally delivers in what is sure to be accepted as the pinnacle of her career so far.
Wild follows the true story of Cheryl Strayed and chronicles her 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. A journey that starts in the Mojave Desert and continues all the way to the Oregon/Washington Border. She takes up this 3 month-long adventure alone, having no backpack hiking experience. Unlike what you may imagine, the journey’s purpose is not supported by a desire for self accomplishment. It is instead a vehicle for which Cheryl chooses to deal with significant grief. It’s a journey of self discovery and most importantly of forgiveness. At age 26, Cheryl is almost a perfect example of the “quarter life” crisis and if self forgiveness is impossible for her, then hopefully acceptance is a good second.