10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
Cost: $10.25 for an 11 a.m. matinee showing
Released 2014 (USA)
American, in English
Director - Jean-Marc Vallee
Stars - Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
Lost in grief after the untimely death of her mother Bobbi (Dern), Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon) embarks on a journey of self-discovery while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
Blue language; female and male nudity (no full frontal); gore; drug use; relatively explicit sexy times.
I felt that the nudity was all fairly gratuitous. It did nothing to further the story and seemed really out of place to me.
There was something about the way that every man behaved as though Cheryl was the most beautiful woman on the planet that I found self-indulgent.
There’s a lot to like about this movie. The acting is fantastic. The cinematography is breathtaking (the scene in the field with the cows made me want to pack up and move to the country). The film was handled in such a way (excellent script and direction) that it made a story that could have very easily been boring (it’s a woman walking in the woods for two hours) very interesting. I also really enjoyed the story itself. I feel that it’s relatable for pretty much anyone. Haven’t we all been a little lost at some point in our lives? For me, it was especially poignant, since I lost my mother in a similar fashion (although I didn’t go on a drug and sex binge afterward).
I liked this movie a lot. When I initially heard of it, I didn’t have much interest, and I didn’t find the trailer particularly compelling. But I kept hearing a lot of good things about it, so when I happened to find myself with some free time, I decided to check it out. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a really great film.
I give it 4.5 stars.
About Landmark Theatres:
I’m very fond of this movie house. Located inside the Westside Pavilion (a mall), the parking is plentiful and free if you’re only there for three hours (they validate for a cheaper fee if you’re there longer than three). The staff is always friendly. I’ve been in four of their theaters and they were all quite comfortable. Also, there’s a great view of the mountains from the main lobby. My only gripe is that the tickets there are kind of spendy. $10.25 for a matinee is a lot, as far as I’m concerned.