Biopics have a certain appeal to modern audiences because they tell the story of the struggles of an ordinary person (who is now a celebrity because of their book/film).
The next biopic slated to hit cinemas is an adaptation of the 2012 New York Times Bestseller "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed (an ironic last name).
The book and soon-to-be movie tells the tale of a young woman who is isolated at the age of 22 after the death of her mother. Her marriage is a disaster, her family has abandoned her, and four years have passed by as she's made poor life choices before deciding to escape (this all sounds incredibly familiar).
This form of escape involves the hiking of the 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and she commences it alone.
Witherspoon herself declared to be a huge fan of the book back in 2012 and started plans to make a movie about it. And who would be the star of this Reese Witherspoon movie proposal? Why Reese Witherspoon of course! Who would've thought?
Despite my cynicism, it's my belief to give any movie a chance, especially if the movie is still in development and not slated for release until December.
Didn't we see this in "127 Hours" or "Into the Wild"?
Hollywood has told this story over and over again, which makes it difficult to see this as an original masterpiece that will break our minds and hearts.
I have nothing against Witherspoon or this attempt at a dramatic biopic, but it does seem like movies are being rehashed to fit some kind of quota that says, "Hey, we need another adventure biopic! Make one!"
Will this be a family friendly film?
The R rating says, "definitely not".
Staying optimistic, I will say that this may be a nice, subtle, and dramatic film for adults to see this winter while drinking some hot chocolate.
"Wild" opens in cinemas everywhere on December 5 and stars Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman, and Charles Baker.
By: Matthew Romeo
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