Reviewed by Michael Dalton
With few exceptions, the noted actresses of this award season have all given us characters that have one thing in common. They’ve all been involved in a search for safety and peace, and all those searches have been underpinned with desperation. As artist Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes, Amy Adams has to take her brutish husband to court to reclaim her identity and her life. Marion Cotillard has to bury her dignity and beg her co-workers for leniency and generosity in Two Days, One Night, and Julianne Moore in Still Alice (opening next week), slowly descends into the hellish pit of Alzheimer’s and grasps at any straw in an attempt to regain control. Even Rosamund Pike’s Amazing Amy seems to be on a search in Gone Girl, a search to the death, as it were, and while all these women venture into some kind of wilderness looking for their own perch, none travel as far as Reese Witherspoon in Jean-Marc Vallee’s new film Wild. She really does hit the dirt, and she tramples it in her own bid for peace.