Excerpt: Tras la deslumbrante “Dallas Buyers Club”, Jean-Marc Vallée propone un nuevo biopic notable en su disposición y emocionante en muchos tramos, pero plomizo en otros. Gran trabajo de su pareja principal.
Excerpt: There’s no question that empty, random sexual encounters aren’t exactly a five-star coping mechanism, but the presentation of female sexual aggressiveness as the ultimate debasement is slightly problematic. What’s worse, Vallée wants to have it both ways; if the sex scenes are tragic emblems of Strayed’s downfall, they’re also shot and cut in the formal language of filmed erotica, carefully framing Witherspoon’s nude body less for emotional impact than for the titillation of an infrequently disrobed star baring all for “the right role.”
Excerpt: When people compare films to the work of Terrence Malick, they are usually talking about aesthetics. Wild doesn’t look like a Malick film but it is heartbreakingly specific and tender while simultaneously vast and contemplative in ways any Malick fan should recognize.
Excerpt: With an impressive physical and emotional performance from producer Witherspoon and a heart breaking yet joyous turn from Dern, “Wild” is not only a self-reflective adventure tale but a deeply moving mother/daughter story.
Excerpt: One of the underlying themes of Wild is that life is hard, particularly if you’re on the road, particularly if you’re on your own, and especially if you’re a woman. There are no easy answers in Cheryl Strayed’s journey.
Excerpt: The journey is both geographic and psychic, and Witherspoon is never less than involving along the way. What she doesn’t do, ever, is make us forget she’s a movie star in an obvious Oscar bid.
Excerpt: Wild is a showcase for Witherspoon, a controlled, conventional actor who is a good fit for this material. Ultimately, despite the many good things it has going for it, Wild left me sadly uninspired.
Excerpt: Wild is a slightly familiar journey of self-discovery and perseverance that hits the viewer with a moving catharsis. In playing the real Cheryl Strayed, Reese Witherspoon has never been this raw, shaded, brave, emotionally (and literally) naked, and unglamorous.
Excerpt: …a stark and elegant piece of filmmaking that is as powerfully conceived as it is personally realized. Vibrantly rich and introspective, Wild is unflinching in its examination of a lost woman looking to be found through the healing of an isolated adventurous power walk through the scenic west coast wilderness.
Excerpt: This film version, however, fails to fully come together in dramatic terms, or give us enough reason to care about Strayed and her journey. It is, however, a heckuva lot easier to take than Eat Pray Love.
Excerpt: Wild sounds like the kind of outdoor travelogue that Walt Disney use to make. Today, in the 21st century, it’s not good enough to simply show someone communing with nature. Now, we have to leaden the story with the interior struggle, with horrid flashbacks to unhappiness and tragedy.