Wild

A gutsy, Oscar-nominated Reese Witherspoon goes the distance as a troubled woman hitting the wilderness trail in a bid to conquer personal demons

A gutsy, Oscar-nominated Reese Witherspoon goes the distance as a troubled woman hitting the wilderness trail in a bid to conquer personal demons.

This compelling adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir tracks her initially stumbling footsteps as she attempts to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail and reveals in flashback how her life was knocked off course in the mid-1990s by grief, heroin addiction and self-destructive promiscuity.

Aided by Nick Hornby’s well-structured script, Witherspoon admirably captures Cheryl’s volatile mix of naivety and stubbornness, vulnerability and resilience, while director Jean-Marc Vallée and cinematographer Yves Bélanger beautifully convey the harshness and majesty of the landscapes she crosses.

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