Wild | Film review – Reese Witherspoon’s troubled hiker goes the distance to put her life on track

Wild (2014)

A gutsy Oscar-nominated Reese Witherspoon goes the distance as a troubled woman hitting the wilderness trail in a bid to conquer personal demons in this compelling adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir Wild. Accompanied by flashbacks showing how Cheryl’s life had been knocked off course in the mid-1990s by grief, heroin addiction and self-destructive promiscuity, the film tracks her initially stumbling footsteps as she attempts to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail. 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 (Dallas Buyers Club) and cinematographer Yves Bélanger beautifully convey the harshness and majesty of the landscapes she crosses.


Certificate 15. Runtime 115 mins. Director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Wild is released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 25th May by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.


To activate the sound in the trailer: hold your cursor over the screen to reveal the control panel and click on the volume control in the bottom right-hand corner.

Latest TV News