With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) isn't quite what it appears to be. It's not, for example, an exploration of grief, although that's in here. And it also isn't meant to be taken literally, because it's more of a parable. The main clue is in the moment when the central character comments that everything in his life seems to be a metaphor. Indeed it is. And this heightened sense of meaning makes the entire film unusually vivid.
The film opens as Wall Street banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges unscratched from a car crash that kills his beautiful wife Julia (Heather Lind). Unable to grieve, he begins to feel like the world around him is shifting inexplicably. So he starts taking things apart to see how they work, or why they don't. Soon he's dismantling his entire house. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who is also his boss, becomes increasingly perplexed at Davis' erratic behaviour. And the only person Davis confides in is customer services rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and her confused 15-year-old son Chris (Judah Lewis). As Davis worms his way into their world, he slowly begins to see his own life more clearly.
This is a film about how some people let themselves drift along in the expected ways, never questioning what happens even though it doesn't feel quite right. In Davis' case, his wife's death jolts him awake. He begins to see the real world around him for the first time, including the absurdities of the life he had built around himself. Gyllenhaal invests Davis with remarkable layers of emotion as a generally cheerful guy being pulled apart from within by something he initially can't understand. His reactions to people around him grow increasingly more honest as the film progresses. And by the end, he's defying expectations and conventions in ways that feel shocking but are actually bracingly truthful.
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Davis Mitchell is very successful in what he does for a living, though he's not as productive when it comes to his marriage. He's an investment banker stuck in the same old daily routine and he tends not to ever think about anything else. However, he is forced to re-evaluate himself and the way he lives his life when his wife Julia dies suddenly in a car accident. His father-in-law and boss Phil doesn't think much of Davis, but encourages him to pick himself up off the ground and start appreciating the world around him. After deciding to file a complaint to a vending machine company, Davis ends up writing numerous letters about his personal struggles and confessions. When they are discovered by a woman named Karen whose struggling to overcome problems of her own, they start a friendship that will encourage Davis to take apart his life, and re-build.
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Witherspoon admits she took on 'Wild' without a second thought.
It's not an uncommon thing for regular individuals to have a story so inspiring that Hollywood want to take it on, but for Reese Witherspoon, the story of Cheryl Strayed's 1,100 mile journey in her book 'Wild' was one of a kind.
Reese Witherspoon admits 'Wild' book brought her to tears
Witherspoon's latest movie sees her play a very real woman, whose hardships in her life with drugs and bereavement encouraged her to go on a voyage of self-discovery by taking on the testing Pacific Crest Trail despite having never had any previous hiking experience. 'I read the first half of the book on a plane and I was just in tears', Witherspoon confesses. 'Then I just couldn't wait to get back to the book and I read the rest on the flight back. I said, 'I don't know who Cheryl Strayed is, but I need her number immediately.''
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The cast and crew of forthcoming drama biopic 'Wild' talk about Jean-Marc Vallée's direction and Reese Witherspoon's portrayal of Cheryl Strayed; an author who walked over 2,500 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in a bid to come to terms with the problems in her life. Among them are Reese, Jean-Marc and Cheryl themselves, as well as producers Bruna Papandrea and Nathan Ross, cinematographer Yves Belanger and Reese's co-star Laura Dern.
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Reese Witherspoon turns in a career best performance in 'Wild'.
Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée's new movie about a young woman who hiked more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone, will win Reese Witherspoon her latest Oscar nomination. The American actress plays Cheryl Strayed, who loses hope after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother.
Reese Witherspoon turns in a career best performance in Wild
Much like James Franco in 127 Hours, Witherspoon navigates the largely solo movie with aplomb and here, in Wild, she may well be the height of her powers.
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Is this real? The Janis Joplin biopic has been in the works for years and might finally come to a screen near you in 2016.
It’s been a long time coming (so long, in fact, that the whole thing became a running joke on the late 30 Rock), but the Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams is finally about to become a real thing. Get It While You Can is set to film in the second half of 2015 in Los Angeles and San Fran.
Amy Adams to play Janis Joplin? Well, it's not Jenna Maroney, but good enough.
Now, biopics can be really hit-and-miss as we’ve seen in the past year, but something that works in this one’s favour is the directing choice – Get It While You Can could be helmed by Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée. Vallee is currently in talks to direct the flick, but it’s been a long winding road getting to this point. Back in 2013, Lee Daniels was slated to direct the flick. Over the years, has had Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke attached as directors, Renee Zellweger as star and Temple Hill as producers.
What would you do if you were given just 30 days to live? For Ron Woodroof, he knew he couldn't spend it how he'd previously been spending his days; working as a rodeo cowboy and drinking, smoking, fighting and seducing his way through life. When he is diagnosed with HIV, he rejects doctor's calculations that he only has a month left to live, and instead researches ways in which he can be treated. He discovers that Mexico may hold the answer to his prayers and smuggles huge dosages of 'unapproved' alternative treatments over the border in order to set up a business: the Dallas Buyers Club. Alongside a transgender woman named Rayon, with whom he becomes friends despite his homophobic views, they go about attempting to cure the nation of this killer disease with the illegal selling of possibly life-saving medicine.
'Dallas Buyers Club' is the shocking true story of a real life AIDS victim put to screen by director Jean-marc Vallee ('C.R.A.Z.Y.', 'Cafe de Flore', 'The Young Victoria') and writers Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack ('Mirror, Mirror', 'Bill'). It is the movie we've all been waiting to see since lead actor Matthew Mcconaughey lost a dramatic amount of weight during the filming in order to fulfil the role to his its full potential. It is due to hit UK cinemas on February 7th 2014.
With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas...
Davis Mitchell is very successful in what he does for a living, though he's not...
The cast and crew of forthcoming drama biopic 'Wild' talk about Jean-Marc Vallée's direction and...