Wild is brought to us from director Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of Dallas Buyers Club. With Dallas Buyers Club, I was a big fan. I thought the direction was sublime and maybe even a tad underrated. Everybody seemed to be blinded by how brilliant the performances were that the directing seemed to skim past their minds. With Wild, he's done it again, providing us with yet another entertaining bio-pic, even if it's not nearly up to the standards that were set by last year's Dallas Buyers Club. Well, 2013's Dallas Buyers Club for most, but obviously, Australia didn't get it until last year. Whatever. I'm drifting away from the topic yet again. I am seriously making a habit of this.
Throughout the film, we're told two different stories. The first is about the walk Cheryl is taking, the walk to sort out and move on from her past. We know the basics from the get go, but we don't honestly know a lot. That's what the second story tells us. The flashbacks. We're given a look back at the events in her life that got her to this point, including both a drug and sex addiction. To me, the flashbacks told a much more interesting story. It's not that the walking storyline falls flat, it's just that it's a bunch of walking alone in the desert. It's intriguing, but there's not a lot of story to be found. The flashbacks are the opposite, hence the reason why I enjoyed them more.
To sum up, Wild is another successful bio-pic from the director of the brilliant Dallas Buyers Club. Reese Witherspoon is brilliant in the lead, giving a rather dedicated performance, the direction is solid and the cinematography fascinating.