Jean-Marc Vallée’s take on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, & Gabby Hoffman.
Wild is a chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
Review: Wild has a really intriguing premise, the idea of a solo hike does it for me but I was wary that the movie lasted over 100min. What could possibly be entertaining about a women hiking alone from the Mexican border to the Canadian Border? As it turns out quite a lot.
At first, it’s hard to understand Cheryl, she definitely does not strike you as a someone who could do this. She bit off more than she can shew, it’s clearly naive of her. But as Cheryl is struggling on her hike flashbacks of her life before the Pacific Crest Trails are peppered throughout the movie and like anyone you’re getting to know she starts to make sense. You get to understand what she’s been through, who she is, and what motivated her to do this. It’s a challenge that she brought on herself for herself, something she needed.
And just like that a 115 minutes passes, during which you were taken on physical and soul searching journey with amazing landscapes, and a flawed but strong woman. Reese Witherspoon carries that film beautifully, she layered her performance with sensibility and a quiet strength that suited the character. I didn’t totally relate to Cheryl but I wasn’t completely impervious to her ordeal, I also have dreams and life-goals to achieve.
On a side note, it was recently pointed out to me I had never seen Wild as the female lead version of Into The Wild. I’ve never finished Sean Penn & Emile Hirsh’s hiking movie but from what I remember Into The Wild was much more wild and raw the dude wasn’t on a hiking trail but in the wilderness. These two movies only compare in the drives these two characters have to undertake their journey.
Wild is a beautiful movie about personal growth and living in one’s truth. If you’ve seen it what did you think about it?