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Must-Watch: WILD Movie Trailer Featuring Reese Witherspoon

When everything in your life is falling apart, you have to try new things to get back on track. In the upcoming movie Wild, a woman makes the decision to hike 1,000 miles after facing too much devastation at once.

Starring Academy Award-Winning actress Reese Witherspoon, Wild follows Cheryl Strayed. After her mother dies and her marriage ends in divorce, Cheryl has little left in her life. She uses drugs and sleeps with anyone who asks her. One day, she decides to set out on her own and hike the Pacific Crest Trail, despite never hiking before. Though her trip brings many challenges, the journey Cheryl takes is essential for her to reclaim the life she wants.

Many people may see this as similar to the film Into the Wild or other films in which the protagonist makes a cross-country journey. As with many of those films, Wild is based off a memoir. Cheryl Strayed’s journey of self-discovery was listed number 1 on the New York Time’s bestseller list.

However, Wild is still unique from these other stories. The journey may seem a bit reckless for Cheryl, who has never hiked before, but it wouldn’t be the first time she’s done something impulsive. Many of Cheryl’s actions are irresponsible or dangerous — but she can’t change them and regretting them wouldn’t make any difference.

Coming from Jean-Marc Vallée, the same man who directed the award-winning Dallas Buyer’s Club, you can be sure that Wild won’t sugar coat any of Cheryl’s actions. Witherspoon has proven herself as a leading lady, so she has the chops to carry this film and the many solitary scenes she surely has

The trailer does come off as a bit clunky and hard to follow. While all of the movie’s descriptions say Cheryl is making this hike of her own volition, there’s an implication that she has an end goal to achieve — but it’s never explained what it is. It tries to explain the exposition to make viewers aware of the movie’s premise, but it seems as though they were trying to fit too much in too little space.

There are many clips of Cheryl experiencing the natural beauty of the world like a fox in the snow or the Rocky Mountains across the river. But there’s also an equal amount of clips shown where’s she’s in the modern world, wandering through a California construction site or using electronics.

Despite the trailer’s flaws, the movie’s premise is still promising. Strayed’s memoir was well-received because it was written well. She doesn’t complain about the bad aspects of her life, but rather reflects on how they made her who she is today. Even from the trailer, it’s easy to see that Witherspoon’s character is not whiny or complaining about the direction life took her, she just wants to get her life back on track. With film, it’s possible to tie in Strayed’s words with the visuals that can help drive the message of the story home.

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