Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria) and based on the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Wild tells the story of protagonist Cheryl (Played by Reese Witherspoon) who feels like she has messed up her life and decides to walk a 1000 mile hike across the pacific crest trail. In short, it’s about loss. Whether that be in the form of losing a loved one, losing yourself or losing your way. The narrative jumps back and forth from the hike to Cheryl’s past slowly revealing what led her to taking this challenge and how the hike affects her.
I really enjoyed this film, it was very moving and was an incredibly powerful story of self forgiveness and moving on. The film overall was beautifully shot, contrasting the beautiful scenery on the hike to the more dreary shots during Cheryl’s darker past. Reese Witherspoon’s performance was fantastic, I can definitely see why she has been nominated for an Oscar for this film. One of the main reasons I was attracted to seeing this film was that the screenplay was written by Nick Hornby (An Education, High Fidelity, About a Boy) who is a writer I’m a big fan of. I was not disappointed, I thought it was well written and I enjoyed the relationships portrayed in the film. In particular the relationship between Cheryl and her Mother (Laura Dern, who is also nominated for an Oscar for this film). I’m really pleased I saw this because it’s rare to see such a female driven film especially one with such positive female relationships. I also liked the relationship between Cheryl and her ex-husband, it was refreshing to see friendship there instead of resentment or bitterness.
Overall I thought this was a really positive and uplifting film and I highly recommend!