Posted on December 21, 2014


Wild – Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, “Wild” is her personal story of walking the Pacific Coast Trail. I’ve driven across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-tunnel and walked across Grandfather Mountain bridge, but that doesn’t begin to compare to the courage it takes Cheryl to walk the PCT by herself.
Trying to rid herself of all that she was – a wife who cheated, an addict who went from alcohol to snorting then shooting heroin – she begins a three-month trek to find herself. She’s also trying to work through and get on the other side of the death of her mother (Laura Dern) with whom she was very close. And she’s trying to process and work through her divorce. And there was an abusive father.

The girl is dealing with a lot. But it really isn’t morose or depressing. The director, Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) does an amazing job. You can feel Cheryl’s fear when she’s faced with a possible rapist and you can feel her happiness when she gets to cook and eat hot mush. And when this little kid sings “Red River Valley” to her, you may fall apart before she does.

There’s a beauty In the landscape of the trail, the peace and quiet that she experiences. You can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be out there all alone with all that vastness around you. The book clubs that read the book are going to want to go see this. I liked the book and I loved the movie.

Reese, all the cops are going to know who you are now.