Wild (2014)

This review first appeared at An Online Universe on 11 March 2015.

  • Director – Jean-Marc Vallee
  • Starring – Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffman, Thomas Sadoski
  • Writer – Nick Hornby, Cheryl Strayed
  • Year – 2014
  • Running Time – 115 mins


‘If nothing else, then at least the scenery should be nice’, was the phrase I overheard as I took my seat to watch Wild, an epic, true-life tale, of Cheryl Strayed’s (Reese Witherspoon) journey to conquer both the 1100 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail and her own self-destructive demons which drove her there in the first place.

The person who made this statement needn’t have worried, as Wild is so much more than scenery. It is a fiercely powerful tale of determination, self-reflection and the destructive dark side of relationships, which occasionally, only the healing nature of solitude and strangers can resolve.