WILD (Jean-Marc Vallee, 2014)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

My notes on Wild:

1. The film opened with a scene involving the removal of a dead toenail. Wait, was that a transliteration or was patay na kuko really dead nail in English? Either way, I was in pain. It set the proper tone for all the physical and emotional torture that unfolded.

2. Shouting on top of a mountain is definitely cathartic. Try it.

3. One of the things I hate doing before a big vacation is packing. I don’t like getting wrinkles on clothes that I will be wearing for selfies. And I never pack light even if it’s for an overnight stay.

4. I’ve been seeing a lot of poop being shown onscreen lately. Please tell me this won’t be a trend. People are eating popcorn while watching. On second thought, it can save me the fats and calories. But still, no.

5. One scene showed how we easily judge people based on appearances. Or maybe that was just me being really judgmental.

6. Reese Witherspoon was great in the lead role and I was surprised with all the nudity in the movie. She didn’t even show a lot of skin in Cruel Intentions and that was all about sexuality.

7. This film made me realize that I will never survive camping in the middle of a desert. Or even the first five hundred meter hike. I had to use my inhaler several times while watching.

8. I loved how everything felt like a dream-like state where flashes of the past were inserted during her actual hike. I definitely appreciated this more than Jean-Marc Vallee’s previous effort, The Dallas Buyers Club.

9. How could Laura Dern be playing Reese’s mom? She only looked a few years older than her. She was really fantastic in her limited screen time, though.

10. Can someone explain the significance of the fox? Yes, I’m encouraging you to watch it so you can explain it after. Such a lovely film.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published February 15, 2015.)