Friday, 3 August 2018: Wild About Reese

My wife recently finished the Memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. She was keen to see the film again even though it is only a few years since we watched it the first time. That’s quite an extraordinary things for my wife to want to do but I was happy to do it. And glad I did.

The performance by Reese Witherspoon is one of those exceptional performances that only come around every few years, and one of those roles that only come around once a decade, or for an actress, once in a lifetime.

This is Reese Witherspoon, the deft comedian of Legally Blonde (2001). This is the Oscar-winner for her role as June Carter in Walk the Line (2005). It is her deepest and most personal project so far.

It’s a tough little film which has nudity, sex scenes, profanity and drug use, but it is a film that should speak loudly to anyone who is thinking about giving up on life or has given up on life.