Main Plot Points:

  • Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon stars in this inspirational true story from the director of Dallas Buyers Club and based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed.
  • After years of reckless behavior and being haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award Nominee Laura Dern), Cheryl (Witherspoon) makes a rash decision to embark on a challenging trek across the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • With absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles all on her own – in what becomes a remarkable journey of self-discovery and redemption that strengthens and ultimately heals her.

What We Thought:

  • There’s a quote on the cover of Wild that states that of Reese Witherspoon’s performance that it is, “By far the best one of her career.” I would actually agree with that. But I would also state that that’s not really saying a whole lot.
  • I’ve never cared for Witherspoon as an actress. I think that the fact that — up until a few months ago — she had an Oscar and Julianne Moore didn’t was a complete travesty. I don’t particularly think she deserved that Oscar for Walk the Line. It’s a perfectly fine performance, but there’s nothing about it that’s award-worthy.
  • In this film, though, she does turn in a pretty good performance. Again, I don’t think it’s award-worthy (thank god Julianne Moore took home the Oscar this year!), but at least she’s good in the role.
  • The movie itself is a different story, though. I really didn’t like it. I didn’t care about the story or the characters, I hated the filmmaking style (the quick-cut flashbacks were annoying), and I found it really boring overall.
  • If you’re a fan of Reese Witherspoon, the movie is worth watching because of her performance, but there’s not really a lot of reasons I could recommend it personally.

Special Features:

  • The Real Cheryl Strayed
  • The Real Location Is The Best Location
  • How Much Does A Monster Weigh?
  • Pacific Crest Trail Interactive Map
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Audio Commentary
  • Experiencing the Pacific Crest Trail: A Special Message from Cheryl Strayed
  • Gallery

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Laura Dern

Recommended if You Like:

  • The Long Walk
  • Self-discovery
  • Flashbacks