A lot of people are saying that Wild can’t stand out in 2014 because director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) already had some glory in 2013. In addition, people have been expressing the lazy assessment that Wild is no more than Into the Wild with a female protagonist, or a good version of Eat, Pray, Love. I strongly disagree on all three accounts. If anything I believe that my initial lazy assessment that Wild resonates with women the same way Boyhood does with men is a much more correct statement.
With all of this being said, Wild needs no comparison because it is a very unique take on a finding yourself story. Everyone can find themselves in the story because of the hurt they received by people acting out like Reese Witherspoon’s (Inherent Vice) character, or you can find ourselves in a similar situation to the title character. The morale is, life is really fucking hard (to quote a famous actor), sometimes you need an escape to remember what really counts.
Once you figure out what means the most to you, you can really begin to live your life. I have learned this the hard way from being in various relationships that ended with some things nobody should ever have to deal with. Being cheated on is one of the worst things in the world (at least I used to feel that way) and the people who feel like that have to cheat on someone to feel good about themselves should really consider watching Wild.
Regardless what side of the coin you fall on, you need to pick yourself up and not be defined by your past. The here and the now is all you can really control – experience life and take some chances that make you a better and healthier person.
By: Jonny Havey
I have always been a filmmaker at heart, but over the past month I have made the jump from amateur student filmmaker to a producer fully embracing studio independence in Denver, Colorado. I am in the middle of busy season at my accounting firm and am working very long hours, making my out of the box movie, “Confessions” with some of my best friends, and helping my friend launch his company, therefore, I have accepted that I will not be getting any sleep.
“You can sleep when your dead” is a quote that has always stuck with me. It is the truth, especially when you want to experience everything the world has to offer and give back to change the world is some way. With that being said, my purpose in the world is to tell the true stories of the world and the human condition that a lot of people are scared to tell. While we may all be following a circular path (which I strongly believe in), life is unscripted. Observational, outlined narrative work is the future of fictacious realism in the movies.
I could have given you another review about “Boyhood” (directed by Richard Linklater, Before Midnight) saying that it is the best movie of the year and was a “12 year long masterpiece”, but you already know that. Instead, I am expressing the impact the movie has had on myself. It literally allowed me to re-experience my childhood and realize how dedication to realism in storytelling pays off in the end – even if it takes 12 years to create.
Why force genius. Instead of recasting actors as the boy grows up, why not just grow up with him? The second part of my filming will commence early Saturday morning as we take a realistic journey into the mind and relationships of out main character “Jesse”. I don’t know where it is going, but that is the best part of storytelling.
By: Jonny Havey | Producer