Flash Movie Review: Wild

It may start as a single tear that slipped out of the eye, leaving a trail of moist sadness. As time trudges on its unsteady path, the sadness builds up into waves that defy tidal logic, washing over you again and again. There are some people who do not experience grief in the same way. For them it feels like a sore throat that only reminds them of the pain when they swallow. And then there is a group of individuals who believe they remain in control; however, memories trip them up when they hear a certain song or maybe the taste of a favorite food. Death is the quilt formed by a person’s life experiences that never stops growing until the time it comes to wrap itself around you in one final loving embrace. I have seen how a person’s imminent death affects all the people around them. There is a heaviness in the air as it squeezes itself into the lives of friends and family. I can see where some people feel like they are suffocating and the only thing they want to do is to check out of life for a while.    DEVASTATED by a recent tragedy Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon (Mud, Walk the Line), chose to deal with it by escaping from the life she was living. Her way of escaping was to undertake a 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Based on a true story this dramatic biography led me into its story due to Reese. This may sound odd, but seeing her play this character made me realize she was an adult woman. With her past roles I always had the sense she was a little girl playing dress up. In this picture she had a rawness and grittiness that seemed to have been formed from her personal life choices; I had never experienced this from her before. There was a dual beauty about this film. The first was the gorgeous scenic shots that popped up throughout the story. The other beauty was the way the cast blended together in a consistent show of strength, dominated by Laura Dern (The Fault in Our Stars, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) as Bobbi and Thomas Sadoski (John Wick, Loser) as Paul. For me this film had a story that was out of the realm of my thought processes. I enjoy hikes that are easy to manage that do not take a lot of thought; it is one of the ways I get to take a break from myself. What Cheryl did went way beyond anything I could have imagined for myself. It was astounding to see what Cheryl needed to do for herself.


3 1/4 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 8, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. I am listening to this audio book about an hour every day on my commuting to work. It is an interesting book about a very strong, mentally and physically, young woman. Sometimes I feel a little jealousy that she is able to do such a thing, hiking alone in order to think and find herself, while I am bound many constraints. Yesterday, in the book, she was pulling out her two toenails, encountered 2 or 3 rattlesnakes, and when she slept nakedly by a reservoir she felt many tiny cold hands all over her body. Such cold tiny hands belonged to tiny frogs.

    I am curious of what will be shown in the movie.

    • Because I try to give as little info on the film as possible so the viewer can experience the surprise of discovery, let me just say you will see a variety of things she encounters. If you do see this film I would so like to hear how it compares to the book. Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments.

  2. Sounds like one worth watching, nature has a way of making us see inside.

  3. Thank you for visiting ! 🙂


  4. Boy, I’ve read two extremes between four reviews on this one! All based on Witherspoon’s performance, which is to be expected. Nice review, sir.

  5. I am so relieved to see your good review of this movie! Many scenes were shot in and around Central Oregon, where I live. Our newspaper did a big write-up about it. Now I am looking forward even more to the movie! Thank you!

    • How lucky for you that you live in such a beautiful state. I am only familiar with the Portland area and it was fascinating to me. I cannot wait for you to see this film even more now.

  6. I will be looking forward to seeing this movie. Thanks for your review, I am anxious to see Reese in that type of role and I really like Laura Dern.

  7. This is a movie that I wasn’t sure would be good but your review makes me think now ‘hey it’s one I want to see!’ – Thanks for telling me more about it 🙂

    • Oh I am so glad you will consider seeing this film now. Please do and let me know what you thought of it after seeing it. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments.

  8. There are a lot of challenges (physical and mental) trekking such distances, particularly with the changing of seasons, and from the trailer it’s seems a movie worth catching just to see the interpretation in how the different worlds of the characters intersect too.

    • If you have never traveled to the west coast of the United States, it would be well worth catching this film. Let me know what you think if you would, happy holidays to you.

  9. Hi, I went to see Wild last night and thought it was an amazing movie. The story itself was compelling and Reese Witherspoon was remarkable, but the cinematography made the film special for me. Awesome.

    • Thank you so much for coming by to tell me and I am thrilled you loved the film. Such a gorgeous area contained a wonderful acting performance from Reese. A happy and healthy holiday season to you and yours.

  10. It sounds like a must see movie for me!

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