“Wild” chronicles one woman’s solo journey of recovery and redemption. Reese Witherspoon portrays a woman who has been through great trauma and loss in her personal life, including drug addiction, divorce and the death of her mother. Her marriage has failed because of her multiple incidents of infidelity and drug use. After her divorce, she changes her name to Cheryl Strayed, and decides to embark on an 1,100 mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. With no experience or training, she provisions herself and starts her journey to find out who she has become.
Her adventures along the trail are interesting, humorous at times, and downright frightening and intense at others. She encounters all kinds of people, some good, some not so much, and yet manages to find help and support in the most unexpected places. No spoilers, but there is a more or less happy ending as she completes her journey both physically and emotionally, comes to terms with what she has done and who she is, and realizes that she can move forward.
Cheryl: “What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I'd done something I shouldn't have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I'd done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn't do anything differently than I had done? What if I'd actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
Reese Witherspoon does an amazing job, perhaps the best acting of her career. The movie is beautifully filmed and the scenery is breathtaking. Laura Dern shows up in memory sequences as Cheryl’s recently deceased mother, and is great, of course, as the whacky and unconventional matriarch.
Based on a true story, “Wild” is definitely worth the watch.
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