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 dogs Cheryl’s 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.
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