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Monday, February 16, 2015

Report Card---"Wild"

"Wild" reminded me a little of a very interesting film from the late 60s, "The Swimmer", which starred Burt Lancaster.
He spent the whole movie swimming in all the pools in his neighborhood in Connecticut, leaving the audience trying to figure out why.
In "Wild", the sport is hiking, rather than swimming. But it had the same dynamic.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?

Not really. And you had the feeling it should have been.

Is it controversial?

No. And you had the feeling it should have been.

Is it a story worth telling?

I suppose.

Is it good storytelling?

It was okay.

Is it well written?

Nothing special.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, love them both. And they were both very affecting.

Well shot?


Is it too long? Too short?

Very long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

It was true, and I cared.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It was all new to me, so not at all predictable.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not really.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not my thirteen bucks.

Is it impressive?

On many levels.

Overall grade: B-.

I would have rather seen Burt swimming again.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."