It’s not very often my wife wants to go to the movies so when we saw a trailer for Wild and she said “I want to see that!” I was excited. I love movies all the time. Bethany likes movies once or twice a month, so any opportunity I have to take my bride to a movie is one I won’t pass up!
Wild is the true story of Cheryl Strayed who walked 1,100 miles along the Pacific Coast Trail from Southern California up to Washington. With limited backpacking experience, no radio, and no phone, Cheryl went on a journey to leave her broken past behind. What I appreciated about this film, aside from great acting and beautiful cinematography, was the down-to-earth nature of it all. Strayed went on this 1,100 mile walk to get away from the brokenness she found herself in. She didn’t go out to change but change came through the struggles she faced while on her own. Turns out, when you’re on your own for that long you have nothing distracting you from the things you need to deal with.
Throughout the film, through some amazing editing, we see the life Cheryl is running away from beautifully and tragically portrayed by actress Reese Witherspoon (Mud, Sweet Home Alabama). We are introduced to her mom, beautifully realized by Laura Dern (Jurrasic Park) and the bond that held them so close together. Wild is a small indie film with epic vistas and intensely emotional peaks and valleys. You’ll want to hold your honey close and call your mom to say “I love you,” and you probably should.
I would highly recommend this film.
Quick warning: several of the quick-cut flashbacks, and one scene near the end, include scenes involving nudity. They are quick but they are there and I didn’t expect it going in so I figured I’d warn you. This is a great film that deals with loss, regret, perseverance and overcoming adversity. Now if I can just get off my couch and go outside…