At the Movies – Wild

2015 At the movies October 2015 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the October 2015 Edition

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hofmann

Director: Jean-Marc Valee

“This movie is a chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.”

Based on a true story written by Cheryl Strayed, the movie is more about the psychology of healing from personal loss than it is about the hike itself. While walking the Pacific Crest Trail, we are taken with Cheryl through the physical challenges of back packing with the cumbersome survival gear required for the journey. She is alone in the wilderness but for an occasional meeting with fellow hikers at trail check-in points along the route where supplies and packages have been sent ahead to support the journey.

As we embed ourselves in this touching story, we learn of Cheryl’s life through her thoughts and memories. The scenes vary from childhood with her single mom and brother, her marriage and friendships up to present and very hard times. In her most recent years the angst of dealing with the sudden loss of her mom has created a different person acting out her pain and anger through her own self-destructive behavior.

This is an excellent movie. Both Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern (as her mother) are completely convincing and relatable. The scenery of course, is stunning.

IMDB rated this movie as 7.2/10 based on 62,267 viewers.

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