Wild 2014

Wild

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Powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, Wild finds director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers.

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Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail -- one of the country's longest and toughest through-trails.

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  • Sep 07, 2017
    The story of a woman walking the Pacific Crest Trail in the mid-90s is interrupted by flashbacks, in which we slowly learn what made her go there in the first place. Sometimes you wish you could stay with nature a little more, some sequences feel a little short before we get another depressing look back. But Witherspoon is excellent in both time frames and holds them together. The cinematography is great and the ending very satisfying and touching. While you feel the character has earned her redemption, you're also glad to have followed her along the way, even though it is exhausting at times.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    Beautifully shot and lit, Wild features a strong performance from Reese Witherspoon. It's more than a little awards-baiting but is nicely made, and is especially good at portraying memory and inner monologue, that reminded me more than a little of 127 hours.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2016
    What a beautiful movie, and what a performance by Reese Witherspoon! I was captivated by the story of a young woman whose life had gone off the rails after her mother died. I would have liked a bit more on what prompted her to set off on the amazing journey along the Pacific COast Trail, but her quest to find herself was a moving experience. From the opening scene I was emotionally invested in this young woman who bravely tested her physical and emotional limits and found reserves she had previously left untapped. Even now, nearly twenty-four hours later, the emotions are welling up. The story does show us what sent her life into a tailspin, in tiny little snatches of flashback which one can assume is how her psyche began to process what she had allowed to become of the young girl who idolized her mother. The scenery was breathtaking and the portrayal of Cheryl Strayed's odyssey was in my mind flawless. Now that I finally got to see this, I am doubly disappointed that Reese was passed over for an Oscar. She definitely stretched the mold with this meaty role.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2016
    The fragile humanity at the core of this redemptive tale of survival is what attracts and holds us to the screen. Witherspoon and Dern excel in this story without heroic aspirations, content to dwell on the very real objective of learning to forgive ourselves in the face of a mountain of personal weakness and damnation. Beautiful filmmaking.
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