‘Wild’ Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Embarks on a Long Journey

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If The Lord of the Rings trilogy taught us anything, it’s that watching people walk through the wilderness for hours on end can make for surprisingly good entertainment (it helps if there are epic battles along the way).  If 127 Hours taught us anything, it’s that adding a true story element to a wilderness story also helps to add an extra layer of interest.

Reese Witherspoon is the next intrepid explorer to make a long journey with a big backpack in Wild, an adaptation of the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. Recently divorced and still reeling from the death of her mother four years previously, Cheryl decided to trek 1,100 miles alone across the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans nine mountain ranges between Mexico and Canada, in order to save herself from herself.

The new trailer for Wild reveals just how much Cheryl has to recover from while out on the trail. The trauma of her mother’s death triggers a descent into serial adultery and heroin addiction that ultimately breaks up her marriage. Looking at the trailer, it seems like the journey to finding herself again is going to involve a lot of sweat and blisters.

Reese Witherspoon in Wild Wild Trailer: Reese Witherspoon Embarks on a Long Journey

Wild has a lot of talent behind the camera, including director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) and screenwriter Nick Hornby, who penned the scripts for An Education and Fever Pitch, but is best known for novels like “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy.” Witherspoon herself recently starred in crime drama Devil’s Knot alongside Colin Firth and Dane DeHaan, and can soon be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice – another crime drama. It’s good that she got to take some time off from all that crime.

Does this trailer convince you that 1,100 miles across America with Reese Witherspoon will be a worthy journey? Tell us in the comments if you’re planning to see Wild in theaters later this year.

Wild is out in theaters on December 5th, 2014.

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  1. boooooorrrrrrrriiiiiingggggggggggggggg

  2. boring

  3. This morning I was looking for myself as well. Luckily I found myself. I was in the mirror.

    As for the movie. While I don’t like stories about endless self-pity, I would be able to enjoy the scenery, but unfortunately the green color grading ruins every single shot.

  4. Looks like Reese’s version of Walter Mitty.

    • Yeah, looks like it. Still like The Way a lot better than both versions by Estevez.

  5. Im going to have to agree with everyone else. This doesn’t look like anything special. at all. Ill have to pass

  6. Does she stop at one point and stomp her feet and scream “Don’t you know who I am!!!” ?

  7. White people always looking to find themselves.

    • What about Cats ?

  8. White people problems…

  9. What happened to Reese Witherspoon? “Once upon a time” she used to be my favorite actress. Movies such as Freeway or The Man in the Moon were these little gems, that not many people know about, but are absolutely gorgeous movies. Then came Pleasantville and Election, arguably some of her best work. She even played in American Psycho. But it all ended with her Academy Award role in Walk the Line.
    Since then she made nothing worth mentioning, with the exception of last year’s Mud (which seems to be an exception to the rule). Couple of romantic movies and comedies. I haven’t seen yet the Devil’s Knot, so not sure about that. The trailer for The Good Lie looks absolutely terrible, your typical cliched drama about “white guilt”. And this movie Wild doesn’t give me much hope that anything is going to change. Not to mention her recent “incident” with police. Reese WTH happened to you?

    • Her character in legally blonde was pretty huge, but I think maybe she couldn’t find projects that helped her grow outside of Walk the Line.

  10. Looks awesome. I’m going to hike the PCT eventually.

  11. The Devil’s Knot was a very very bad movie, but Witherspoon and Colin Firth gave great performances. Its badness – the direction mainly, and also the script made it hard to watch. Firth is too faithful to his friends – did you see St. Trinians? He has made many films with the director and producers. Same with the director of Devil’s Knot Atom Eytagon (sic.) with whom he made the flawed but very interesting Where the Truth Lies. The Big problem with that film was the casting of Ali Lohman. Her performance was not good and that is being kind. I really like Witherspoon when she is not making Legally Blond 17. Her performance in Election is what she should have won and Oscar for. The Johnny Cash film had a poor incoherent script, but she was terrific. She was good in The Importance of Being Ernest Too. I hope her new releases are in the Election vein and not the Legally Blond 17 vein. I know she is supporting a family, but her talent is real and i would hate to see her squander it on bad Cameron Diaz like comedies. Tina Fey and/or Amy Pohlar should come up with something for her if she want to do comedy.

    • Yeah, that came out a good few months ago here in the UK and I remember one film critic saying that the camels were more interesting than the woman going on the journey. It had its heart in the right place but was just a meandering film with great visuals of the beautiful landscape.

  12. Is it me or is Witherspoon trying too hard to get a nomination from the Academy ?