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